Workshops

Workshops

These engaging hands-on sessions provide the ABCs of Living History!

The Art of Living History

The rudiments of what Living History is all about.  More exciting than the typical history class.  Beyond the limits of stage drama.  A memorable educational experience that impacts multiple senses.

The Business of Living History

Consistent, reliable, professional, flexible, purposeful.  Schools and organizations need more than just a program.  The remarkable experience begins before the presentation and lasts well after you leave your audience.

The Connection of Living History

The relevance of history.  Stories of the past explain our present condition and inform our future endeavors.  They are inclusive, detailed, well researched and connects us to the fortitude, perseverance, and pioneering spirit of those who came before us.

The Living History Professional

This session will highlight basic tips on living history performances/presentations; cover some important topics on the “business” of living history, and how to approach controversial topics in the history field. The basic tips will focus on keeping your presentation interactive, energetic, and engaging. The topics of the “business” of living history will include professional practices, responsibilities of interpreting history, and successfully working with schools and school-age students. Finally, we’ll discuss approaching controversial topics and being sensitive to regional, racial (cultural), and religious concerns.
This session brings all things living history to the table. With tips for both beginning interpreters and seasoned living history professionals, there is something for everyone. These strategies will help participants reflect their own passion for history in the work they do in museums, historical farms and villages, and reaching out to schools.

Behind the Scenes: Creating a 1st Person Presentation

How do you become a history detective, history keeper, and a history teller, and do that all as somebody else using first person interpretive techniques? This workshop takes you through the process of interpreting history by developing a strong historical character to reflect a turbulent time, a significant historical event, or just an interesting person.

Bringing History to Life, Literally! How to Start a Living History Program

Send your audience on a historical journey of a lifetime. Utilizing the power of “character”, key historical facts, and exciting interaction techniques, you can engage and enlighten any audience with an experience they will never forget. In this workshop you will learn the pros and cons of first person and third person interpretation; get tips on developing living history characters; and pick up new strategies to engage an audience.

Keepers of the Story

Interpreting the African American Legacy is a wonderful opportunity to keep alive stories and experiences that are important cornerstones of American History. Developing a first-person character presentation is a great way to reflect the human impact within different historical periods. This webinar will cover the basics of creating a first-person character, particularly from the African American experience; and gives some strategies for overcoming the challenges and difficulties you may face preparing and/or presenting this unique and significant history.

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