Past Into Present: Effective Techniques for First-person Historical Interpretation

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Univ of North Carolina Press, 1998 - History - 254 pages
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First-person interpretation_the portrayal of historical characters through interactive dramatization or roleplaying_is an effective, albeit controversial, method used to bring history to life at museums, historic sites, and other public venues. Stacy Roth
 

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Contents

The Terminology of Living History and FirstPerson Interpretation
9
Goals Benefits and Drawbacks
20
Development of FirstPerson Interpretation
30
Before Interpretation Starts Planning Research and Development
41
Is FirstPerson Interpretation Theater?
50
Developing a Character
57
Communication Challenges
67
The Role of the Visitor
76
Interpreting to Children
133
Interpreting to Audiences with Special Needs
156
Interpreting Special Situations Conflict Controversy and Heightened Emotion
161
Conclusion
178
Glossary
183
The Ultimate Character Development List
186
Participants
194
Selected Sites Featuring FirstPerson Interpretation
196

Breaking the Ice and Encouraging Interaction
83
The Art of Conversation
94
Body Language and Tone of Voice
103
Interpreting to Adults Families Seniors and Foreign Visitors
119
Notes
205
Bibliography
225
Index
245
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About the author (1998)

Stacy F. Roth is codirector of History on the Hoof, a company that creates, organizes, and performs a variety of interpretive presentations on historical themes.

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