The Heritage Interpretation Training Center -
When there's nothing left but the story…
Interpreting the stories of abandoned landscapes, cabin/homes, farm fence line, battlefields, archaeological ruins, heritage sites or artifacts left behind/abandoned by their owners and in need of a storyteller.
Our new course on helping interpreters develop their interpretive techniques, skills and story-
So what is the "rest of the story" of these often forgotten places and sites? They were an important part of someone's life or maybe hardships, abandoned industry or once commercial ventures. Are there lessons to be learned from their past or messages for us today? The interpretive story can be delivered by exhibit, interpretive panel, video, living history interpretation or by conducted live programs and tours by an interpretive storyteller. This course provides some concepts and ideas to art of revelation of the rest of the story.
You can start and complete the course at any time. Course materials include interpretive e-
Course tuition $200.00 USD.
Prof. John Veverka
HITC Certified Interpretive Planner and Trainer
40 years of interpretive teaching experiences.
Working in Saudi Arabia (archaeological village of Al Ula in
the background). Stories of the abadoned waiting to be told.
Unit One -
environment. Ten learning concept and principles for preparing to tell your story to
your visitors in either personal or non-
Unit Two -
Unit Three -
emotions, analogies, metaphors, and more. Scripting the story for emotional
objectives and memory enhancement. Help visitors "feel" your story.
Unit Four -
(Why, what, who, how-
Unit Five -
would like to create the "factual" story about, it's time to start and collect your
research into the story you want to tell. Research includes using historical society
museums, local historians, local or regional environmental experts, photo libraries,
interviews, and/or other kinds of research you might need. If your story will be in
a costumed/living history format, research into proper clothing, speech patterns, and personal stories (maybe from diaries) and more.
Unit Six -
story for? What is your personal interest in selecting this resource to develop a story for? Give me some background on your reasons for selecting this resource.
Unit Seven -
(learn, feel, do) that you want your story to accomplish? What is the major
interpretive theme you want your story to illustrate?
Unit Eight -
groups, children, families, local residents, out of town tourists, etc? The answers to this helps you think about vocabulary, analogies, metaphors to relate to that specific audience, any teaching aides you might need, length of the presentation, etc.
Unit Nine -
storytelling experience happen? Will this be a one-
program, once a month or by request? Where will you offer the program? If
outdoors, any logistic issues such as parking? And then scheduling and advertising the dates as appropriate. So for this unit -
Unit Ten -
interpretive panels. Listen to a few examples (not just for the content and format,
but how to use your voice to convey a message or create a feeling).
Unit Eleven -
audience. Planning your presentation, placing your audience for the theater you
create, teaching aides, personal experiences, your voice and modulation and There is more to telling the story than your words, it's how you say them.
How to capture the total attention and imagination of your audience.
Don't just tell the story, become a part of it -
Unit Twelve -
* Your site, feature, person, etc. your story is directed to.
* A summary of your research into you story topic.
* Your interpretive theme and objectives you want to illustrate and accomplish.
* Your intended audience(s).
* How/When/Where you will present your story experience.
* So What? How will you evaluate your presentation?
* Implementation and operation. Materials needed, budget, logistics planning.
That concludes the course. I hope this thought process will help you plan and deliver really memorable story presentations. If you can, have someone video your story presentation and post it on YouTube. I will provide a link to your video for others taking this course to help them create memorable interpretive story presentation experiences.
You can start this course at any time and complete the course at your own pace. Course tuition is $200.00,
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