Technical Leaflet 289: Interpreting the Environment at Museums and Historic Sites
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Technical Leaflet 289: Interpreting the Environment at Museums and Historic Sites is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history.
This leaflet explains how to identify and craft a whole environmental story at your site. Doing so will help staff and visitors be more environmentally literate at a time when it matters most. It proposes a research methodology to document the local environment (both natural and human-made) and explains the steps to take to confirm relevant stories and align collections to tell those stories. It also proposes collection development strategies to build artifactual evidence, and interpretive planning strategies to build provocative environmental interpretation.
Debra A. Reid, Ph.D., is Curator of Agriculture and the Environment at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan. She is a fellow of the Agricultural History Society and a past president of the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM).
David D. Vail, Ph.D., is associate professor in the Department of History at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, book review editor for The Public Historian, and is on the Agricultural History editorial committee.