Making authentic connections with your audience is the key to community engagement, whether you work at a museum or historic site, are a member of your county historical commission, or are involved in other aspects of heritage tourism. In this workshop, you will learn the basics of interpretation and how to relate the importance of your local history to your audience by appealing to commonly held experiences. Learn to identify tangibles, intangibles, universals, and themes for interpretive programs, as well as how to incorporate qualities of interpretation into new or existing programs at your site. This workshop will help redefine your role as a steward of historic resources by connecting others to the past.
Presenters: Emiliano ‘Nano’ Calderon is the coordinator of the CHC Outreach Program at the Texas Historical Commission and was previously an educator at the Casa Navarro State Historic Site in San Antonio. He has a M.A. in history and a B.A. in Mexican American Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has received interpretive guide and instructor training from the National Association for Interpretation.