Category Archives: Education

Association of European Open Air Museums

By Kathy Dickson “Poland is a country which has popped up on the map of Europe from time to time never quite in the same place twice.” Olga Tokarcuk, Polish writer, activist and Nobel recipient In August I had the … Continue reading

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How to Host an Early Twentieth-Century Halloween Party

The end of the nineteenth century and first few decades of the twentieth century are considered by many to be the “Golden Age” of Halloween celebrations in the United States. Before the advent of trick-or-treating as we know it, the Victorians and their successors enjoyed hosting and attending Halloween parties, complete with seasonal decorations, festive foods, homemade costumes and a variety of games and stunts. Learn how to turn this bit of history into a fun event at a museum or historic sites. Continue reading

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Farmer Tom…Forgotten?

by Jessica Michonski To visit the home of a historical figure is always an experience to be partaken…especially for a historian. In July 2019, I had the privilege to visit Monticello – Jefferson’s estate in the mountains of Virginia – … Continue reading

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Have Actors, Will Travel!: Reconnecting Hawaiʻi and New England through the Humanities

by Mike Smola Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives has spent the last eight years developing a very successful History Theater program through our Oʻahu Cemetery Pupu Theatre program. These are first-person, scripted portrayals of actual historical figures from … Continue reading

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The Honorable Harvest

Submitted by Joel Johnson When I moved to the Pacific Northwest and began work as an agricultural interpreter at Fort Nisqually, about eighteen months ago, I was eager to learn about the region’s history of indigenous agriculture. I grew up … Continue reading

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Dealing with the Disconnected Visitor

By Kimberly Costa, Independent Historian The main goal of any first- or third-person interpreter is to engage the visitor on a level meaningful to that visitor. To engage can mean a myriad of things: to capture their attention, teach a … Continue reading

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What are you doing?

by Tom Kelleher, Old Sturbridge Village & Past President, ALHFAM “I am setting hooks to capture your interest and imagination!” I have been a costumed historical interpreter for a long time now, and have enjoyed visiting living history museums since … Continue reading

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