If you’ve been involved with the planning, development, presentation, or evaluation of an outstanding exhibit, program, or project interpretation of African American history and culture at a museum or historic site in the last five years, consider sharing it as a case study for a book I’m editing for Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. This book will be part of a series on the interpretation of various topics published by the American Association for State and Local History that are slated for release later this year. The first part of the book will be a wide-ranging anthology of articles written by experts and scholars from a variety of perspectives, including Bernard Powers, Matthew Pinsker, Kristin Gallas, James DeWolf Perry, George McDaniel, Amanda Seymour, Donna Graves, Julia Rose, and Lila Teresa Church with a foreword written by Lonnie Bunch. If you know any of these people, you know it’ll be an interesting and thought-provoking book.
I need help with the second half of the book: a set of 12-16 case studies of exemplary programs that can be adapted by others. Are you aware of any outstanding and inspirational school programs, events, websites, publications, heritage trails, interpretive markers, and videos that were developed or presented at a museum or historic sites in the last five years? I’m particularly interested in projects between the Rockies and the Appalachian mountains. To give you a sense of the possibilities and where your project might fit in, so far I’ll be including:
- Scottsboro Boys Heritage Trail by Ellen Griffith Spears
- Frederick Douglass Elementary School Memorial Wall by Wendi Manuel-Scott
- Interpreting Dr. Tan at Little House on the Prairie Sites by Michelle McClellan
- Cliveden Conversations by David Young
- Connections program at Drayton Hall by George McDaniel
- Freedom Riders program at Atlanta History Center by Andrea Jones
- Six Degrees of Separation: Using Social Media and Digital Platforms to Enhance African American History Projects by Lynn Rainville
- Finding Sarah Bickford in Virginia City, Montana by William Peterson
- Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta by d. l. Henderson
- Preserving Los Angeles’ African American Historic Places by Jenny Scanlin and Teresa Grimes
- Soul Soldiers: African Americans and the Vietnam Era at the Heinz History Center by Robbie Davis
If you have suggestions or ideas, or if you’d like to contribute a case study, please contact me at Max.vanBalgooy@EngagingPlaces.net. Thanks!