Telling America's Stories Through Places

Telling America's Stories Through Places : A Guide to Historical Site Interpretation

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Telling America's Stories Through Places combines the methodologies of the public historian, practitioner, and the participant and observer to survey several types of historic sites with an emphasis on how to provide meaningful experiences for visitors. Coverage expands beyond the traditional interpreter-led tour to include videos, exhibitions, and other types of interpretive media as well as sites that are not typically categorized as a house museum. Part I of the book examines different types of sites, from historic homes to battlefields to urban neighborhoods. Part II introduces characteristics of different forms of site stewardship. Part III presents the exemplary techniques identified in Part I as a practical set of more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Taylor & Francis Inc
  • M.E. Sharpe
  • Armonk, United States
  • English
  • 20 black & white halftones
  • 0765641690
  • 9780765641694

About Melissa Bingmann

Melissa Bingmann is Director of Public History and Assistant Professor of History at the University of West Virginia. She is the author of Prep School Cowboys: Ranch Schools in the American more

Table of contents

Introduction Part I: An Overview of the Types of Sites to be Found and the Stories They Can Tell 1. Presidents' Homes 2. Sites of Lesser-Known Historical Actors 3. Legacy Sites 4. Interpreting Slavery in Urban Spaces and Northern Sites 5. Industrial Sites and Labor History 6. Military History: Battlefields and Forts 7. World War II Sites 8. Native American Sites and Sacred Places 9. Sexuality at Historic Sites 10. Social Utopian Communities 11. Urban Walking Tours 12. Heritage Corridors, Trails, and Historic Places that Require Transportation Part II: The Significance of Ownership in Shaping Historical Narratives 13. Non-profit Historic Sites 14. Government Sites 15. For-Profit Sites and Corporate Sites 16. Church Owned Sites Part III: Techniques 17. Using the Stuff of History to Tell Stories 18. Common Pitfalls and Turn-offs 19. The Methodology of Researching and Writing about Historic Sitesshow more