ACHIEVING HIGH QUALITY HISTORIC SITE INTERPRETATION: IDENTIFYING BEST PRACTICES FOR CONNECTING VISITORS WITH PLACES
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Type of Work113 p.
ProgramMA in Historic Preservation
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Ted T. Cable
Principles of interpretation
Croft Historic House
Wyoming Territorial Prison
Historic preservation -- Theses
This study explores the importance of interpretation as the most effective way to create a connection between visitors and certain historic resources. It presents a matrix of best practices that highlights the components of interpretation that can foster these connections. The practices are based on the Freeman Tilden-influenced principles articulated further by Larry Beck and Ted T. Cable. The practices were evaluated using the interpretive programming at three case study sites. This treatise introduces interpretation: defining it and outlining its cultural, practical, and professional history as well as current interpretation-related issues. In addition, this study explains the matrix and its critical components. The three case studies are introduced with their history and interpretive programming, which is reviewed in terms of the principal-based practices that are promoted as critical. This study tests and supports the importance of site interpretation that establishes a personal connection with visitors that may form the basis for visitors’ interest in, and perhaps stewardship of, historic sites. It concludes that creating a connection between visitors and a site is the result of implementing best practices that address various types of delivery systems; including docent-led tours and digital technology.