Historic interpretation is integral to any historic site, regardless of size and staff.

This leaflet provides guidelines for historic interpretation for smaller institutions, emphasizing story telling as an effective means of educating visitors.

Timothy Glines and David Grabitske of the Minnesota Historical Society begin with a discussion of the importance of audience when determining how to tell a story.

They outline the four essential elements for interpretative educational opportunities: what a story is, how people learn, the potency of interpretation, and basic customer service skills.

The authors note show how these elements can be applied to the many vehicles of interpretation:  exhibitions, public programming, and publications.

Technical Leaflet #222 (2003)

For more information on similar topics, please refer to Technical Leaflet Bundle 23, Interpreting History, and Technical Leaflet Bundles 3 and 24, Twenty-first Century Top Five.