While the lessons of the past are equally important today as when they first occurred, the trouble lies in making them accessible to modern-audiences. Interpreting American Military History at Museums and Historic Sites provides a guide to turning those important American military moments into relevant and captivating experiences. The book acts as a primer for those unfamiliar with academic trends of the last forty years. Through current interpretive methods and case studies, readers will gain an understanding of how to take this information and create programs, interpretive media, outreach strategies, and mission goals that are relevant to the public and the institution charged with serving them.
Marc K. Blackburn earned a BA in history at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington and a Ph.D. with an emphasis on modern American military and diplomatic history from Temple University. Greenwood Press published his dissertation, "A New Form of Transportation, The Quartermaster Corps and Standardization of the US Army's Motor Trucks" in 1996. He has worked for the National Park Service since 1994, presently at the Mount Rainier National Park in Washington. Dr. Blackburn has always been drawn to interpretation - facilitating opportunities for the public to make connections to the meanings inherent in the resources we protect. He has worked as a peer reviewer in the NPS interpretive development program since 2004 and has given presentations on various aspects of historical interpretation at the Western Museum Association and the National Association for Interpretation annual meetings.
Preface Acknowledgments Chapter 1: Interpretation Chapter 2: Introduction to American Military History Chapter 3: Colonization and Settlement (1607- 1763) Chapter 4: Revolution and the New Republic: 1763-1815 Chapter 5: The Constitutional Settlement, 1783-1815 Chapter 6: The Antebellum Period, 1815-1860 Chapter 7: The Civil War, 1860-1865 Chapter 8: 1865-1914: Internal and External Expansion Chapter 9: On The World's Stage: 1914-1939 Chapter 10: World War Two, 1941-1945 Chapter 11: On The Brink: The Cold War, 1945-1973 Chapter 12: A World Undone: The Cold War and Beyond, 1973-Present Epilogue Index About the Author