This article explores the impacts that living history sites have on their visitors.

While it is clear that these sites and the actors who depict historical characters take serious care to provide the visitors with accurate encounters of the past, little is knows about the visitors themselves.

AASLH in conjunction with the Institute for Learning Innovation, designed a three-year research project that launched in 2005.

This article explores the results of their research which focuses on the interpretive styles costumed interpreters use, examining commonalities, differences, and ability to relate to today’s audiences.

The results of the study explored all three types of interpretation, first person, third person, and theater, as effective for supporting both learning and entertainment for the visitor.

Access the full report.