Incorporating Visitors into Museum Interpretation
Friday, January 13, 10:00am - 3:00pm
Hosted at Historic London Town and Gardens
839 Londontown Road; Edgewater, MD 21037
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To register for this exciting workshop, download the registration form below and send it to:
Rod Cofield at Historic London Town and Gardens.

 Important Stuff

$25 Registration Fee

$10 Student Fee

$15  Volunteers, staff, and members of sponsoring organizations

     Workshops and networking are more fun when food and drink are involved.   During lunch we encourage you to talk with people you don’t know to pass along tricks of the trade and exchange stories.

     This workshop’s lunch menu will include:

Vegetarian Jambalaya

Shrimp and Grits

‘Special’ Chicken Nuggets

Hot Chocolate Bar

And more…

Many thanks to Annapolis Whole Foods Catering for their support of this program.


Historic London Town and Gardens

Maryland Historical Trust

Maryland Association of History Museums


Historic Annapolis

Sotterley Plantation

Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area

Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town and South County

Small Museum Association

The Sessions

What is Interpretation? – Mary Alexander will introduce this workshop with a general discussion of museum interpretation. She will talk about its importance in the development of U.S. Museums and then engage the audience in applying that historical perspective to today’s practices.

Customer Service and Interpretation – How do museum professionals and volunteers make meaningful connections with audiences? This workshop will explore effective ways to orient audiences to the museum experience and to empower audiences with interpretation skills.  Hilary Barnes-Hoopes & Lotte Lent

Being a Presence & Keeping the Visitor’s Attention – Excellent interpreters “take the stage,” engaging visitors not just by what they say but by how they say it. Using her experience as a professional actor, Lisa Hayes will help participants cultivate their stage presence and their ability to get and keep visitors’ attention in this interactive workshop.

Recent Research: Visitor-Directed Interpretation – Recent visitor research at Conner Prairie, a large living history site in Indiana, has demonstrated that when an interpreter follows visitors' interests and needs, visitors have a much more engaging learning experience.  Dale Jones will explore the results of the research and the implications for interpretation, as well as try out some of the techniques Conner Prairie now uses.


10:00 – Welcome and Intro

10:15 – What is Interpretation?

11:00 – Small Group Skills Development

     ▪ Customer Service & Interpretation

     ▪ Being a Presence & Keeping the Visitor’s Attention

12:15 – Lunch

1:00 – Small Group Skills Development

2:15 – Recent Research: Visitor-Directed Interpretation

3:00 - Conclusion

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Rod Cofield,
Dec 2, 2011, 8:50 AM