Interpretation helps the public understand our purpose and mission. In this book, we tackle how to orient your organization to be effective interpreters of what you collect; how to tell engaging stories; and how to address difficult issues you may have avoided. We provide a primer in historical research for the non-historian and the do-it-yourself basics for creating good exhibits, tours, and programs on a small museum budget.
Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko is chief executive officer at the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine. Stacy Klingler is the assistant director of Local History Services at the Indiana Historical Society.
Editors' Note Preface Bob Beatty Chapter 1 Preparing an Outstanding Concert: How to Plan and Implement Interpretation Stephen G. Hague and Laura C. Keim Chapter 2 Interpreting Difficult Issues Madeline C. Flagler Chapter 3 The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth: Researching Historical Exhibit Teresa Goforth Chapter 4 Creating Exhibits: From Planning to Building Eugene Dillenburg and Janice Klein Chapter 5 The Nuts and Bolts of Program Management Rebecca Martin Bibliography Index About the Contributors