The National Museum of African American History and Culture, in partnership with the Association of African American Museums, the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission at James Island County Park – Charleston, SC, and the National Association for Interpretation are offering a week-long workshop on the interpretation of African American history and culture from January 15-22, 2017 in Charleston, South Carolina.
Charleston is an ideal place to study historic sites and African American history because of the diversity of interpretive methods used in the region (plus it’s a wonderful place to be in January). The 32-hour workshop includes:
- The history of the interpretation profession
- The principles of interpretation
- The thematic approach to developing and delivering interpretation that connects audiences to historical resources in meaningful ways
- Current literature in the field of interpretation
In addition to the training course, the workshop will include 18 hours visiting and analyzing the interpretation of African American history and culture, including methodology, at a variety of historic sites in Charleston. Upon completion, participants receive Interpretive Guide Certification from the National Association for Interpretation.
Registration is $300 and includes tuition, most meals, lodging, and local travel. Applications must be received by Monday, November 21, 2016 by 5 pm EST and applicants must be members of the Association of African American Museums (not a member? It’s easy to join for $55 as individuals). Note: the application process is competitive and extensive, so this is not a last-minute process.
Max Who is conducting this?
I’m flying blind here but I think the workshop is financially supported in part by NMAAHC, designed for AAAM members, and taught by NAI-certified instructors who work at sites in Charleston, which partially explains the long string of organizations involved. I suspect that Shawn Halifax at McLeod Plantation is one of the instructors because he discussed the interpretation workshops they offered at McLeod at the last AAAM meeting, which is based on our books in the “Interpreting” series. Unfortunately, the syllabus isn’t available at AAAM and the workshop is not listed at NMAAHC or NAI. Anyone else know more about the instructors or syllabus?