This fall I’m teaching a graduate-level class on interpreting historic sites and house museums at George Washington University, which has one of the best museum studies programs in the nation (I can’t say THE best, because I attended the University of Delaware’s museum studies program). Historic site interpretation is so popular at GWU that there are two classes: one taught by me in the museum studies program and the other by Carol Stapp in the museum education program. My class is focusing its work on Carlyle House, a mid-18th century house in historic Alexandria, Virginia. Director Susan Hellman has graciously allowed my class examine its interpretation for the next few months and I’ll be sharing a few of those experience on this blog.
I’ve significantly revised the syllabus for this fall, and because the readings form a core library on historic site interpretation, it might be useful as a bibliography of sorts to readers who are interested in this topic. Three books are required for the course, including Interpreting Historic House Museums, edited by Jessica Foy Donnelly (Altamira, 2002). It’s more than a dozen years old but Continue reading