Telling History is a manual for creating well-researched and engaging historical presentations. As museums and other informal learning institutions work to create new and appealing programs, many are turning to dramatic impersonations accompanied by informed discussions to educate their audiences. This book guides the performer through selecting characters, researching and writing scripts, performing for various kinds of audiences, and turning performance into a business. For museums, historic sites, and community organizations, it offers advice on training and funding historical performers, as well as what to expect from professionals who perform at your site.
Joyce M. Thierer is a founding partner of Ride into History, a historical performance touring troupe, and professor of history at Emporia State University.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Read Before Dissembling Chapter 2 Chapter One: The Significance of Historical Performance Chapter 3 Chapter Two: How to Choose a Historic Figure to Portray Chapter 4 Chapter Three: Researching for a First Person Narrative Chapter 5 Chapter Four: Creating Your Script Chapter 6 Chapter Five: Telling History Chapter 7 Chapter Six: The Business of Doing Freelance Historical Performance Chapter 8 Chapter Seven: Enhancing Museums and Historic Sites with Historical Performance Chapter 9 Chapter Eight: Dreams and Plans Chapter 10 Appendices