Heritage Interpretation Workshop: October 14, Bend

Sharing Our Stories: Community-Based Heritage Planning Workshop

Date: October 14, 2019
Time: 1- 4:30 p.m.
Location: Deschutes County Historical Society
               129 NW Idaho Ave
               Bend OR 97701

Are you aiming to create or rejuvenate an exhibit, Main Street signage project, walking tour, website, annual event, or other heritage-related project? Interested in reaching out to more than just the usual suspects? Wondering how to find, engage, and involve community members whose stories are not widely known? 

This interactive workshop offers new ideas and best practices for interpreting your community's history from multiple viewpoints and perspectives. Imagine ways to go beyond the standard timeline approach, focusing on people, places, and experiences that continue to shape and influence life in your community. Working in small groups, guided by a veteran interpretive planner, you'll practice brainstorming and concept development, and develop unique, authentic visitor experiences. Sharing, problem-solving, and candid Q and A will follow. Finally, you'll work with colleagues from your own institutions, or with a partner if you are solo, to apply inclusive planning principles to a current project.

Each institution represented at the workshop will receive a copy of Exhibit Makeovers: A Do-It-Yourself Workbook for Small Museums, by Alice Parman, Ann Craig, Lyle Murphy, Liz White, and Lauren Willis (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017). Must be present to receive book.

Workshop Leader: Alice Parman, Ph.D.
Alice began her career at Chicago's Field Museum. She worked for 16 years as a museum educator and director, before joining an exhibit design firm as planner/writer. In 2003, she launched her own business as an interpretive and strategic planning consultant. Alice leads exhibit development workshops for regional and national museum associations, and has been a keynote speaker at statewide museum conferences. Current/recent clients include the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City, the University of Oregon Museum of Natural & Cultural History, the National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum in Leadville, Colorado, the Independence Heritage Museum, and the Willamette Falls Heritage Area Coalition.