Historic Sites and Museums across the country tend to find themselves struggling with a common issue of how to responsibly address the issue of race in historic interpretation. For so long, the national historic narrative was largely viewed from the perspective of a dominant race and gender. In the 1970’s, the demand for a more inclusive history started a large shift in the emerging field of public history. However, race was, as still is, perhaps one of the most divisive concepts in American society. So, how do institutions effectively incorporate raceIt become more complex when race is combined with the historic narrative, which has largely been viewed from a one sided perspective. However, how can historic sites and museums effectively interpret race in programming for a race conscious 21st century audience?
This Historic House Call will speak about this issue and explore of ways to purposefully interpret race in historic house museums.
Richard M. Josey Jr. of the Minnesota Historical Society will lead this online webinar discussion and provide some insight into ways that some museums have attempted to address this issue. Cindy Olsen, Director of Material Culture at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, will serve as moderator.
Richard is the Head of Historic Site Interpretation at the Minnesota Historical Society. He oversees the development of interpretive programs and provides administrative supervision and oversight for the Society’s network of 14 historic sites and museums. Josey had previously spent more than 15 years at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in a variety of roles ranging from interpreter to Program Development Manager. Much of his work has been in the development and presentation of public programs that incorporates race as part of the historic narrative with a purpose to inspire the audience to empathize with differing perspectives.
Historic House Calls are online discussions featuring hot topics for historic house museums. Led by experts in the field, and moderated by members of AASLH Historic House Affinity Group Committee, they encourage attendees to join in the discussion.