Historical Interpretation

Hoping to improve visitor interactions, increase interest and engagement, or to try a new interpretation technique?  Then, you've come to the right place!  Below you'll find links to a variety of "how tos," tips, and tricks for the living history museum interpreter and reenactor based on personal experience, observation, and interpretation practice.

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Whosits & Whatsits: Defining the Historical Interpreter

Our introduction post to defining the job of a historical interpreter, determining the requirements of the position, and describing the written and mostly unwritten qualities that make for successful public interactions.  Do you have what it takes?

A Day in the Life of a Historical House Interpreter

[Featuring a Guest Interview with GCV&M Interpreter Judy J.]

This reveal-all post offers both a first-hand account and an exclusive, behind-the-scenes glimpse into the day of a historical house interpreter at the Genesee Country Village.  Delve into the day-to-day responsibilities and public interactions that make the role so rewarding.

Whether you're visiting a living history museum for the first time, or the hundredth, this guide to museum etiquette is intended to answer common questions and provide ways to make the most of any visit!

Disclaimer:  The opinions expressed in the "Historical Interpretation How Tos" series are solely those of the author and contributors themselves, not of employer or institution, for the purpose of respectful conversation, enrichment, and education only.  Discussion is actively encouraged. 

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