What is interpretive planning? Essentially it combines all the elements that create an optimal visitor experience at a historic site, exhibition, or museum. At this workshop we will consider the interpretive planning process and discuss the various elements that are included in an interpretive plan. We will discuss experiences that participants have had—both positive and negative—in visiting historic sites or exhibitions, and we will apply these experiences to an interactive session based on a current exhibition installed at the Alice Paul Institute. Participants will learn why interpretive planning should be an essential part of any strategic or master planning exercise at a historic and/or cultural institution.
Instructor: Page Talbott
Dates: Saturday, October 7, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Location: Alice Paul Institute, Mount Laurel, NJ
Credits: .5 CEUs
Dr. Page Talbott is a senior fellow at the Center for Cultural Partnerships at Drexel University and is the principal consultant at Talbott Exhibits and Planning. From 2013 to June 2016, she served as president of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Among her career highlights are her role as associate director of the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary and chief curator of Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World, the international traveling exhibition commemorating the anniversary of Franklin’s 300th birthday (2003–2008), and the creation of the content for the Benjamin Franklin Museum at Franklin Court, which opened in August 2013. She has also served as senior project manager to assist the Barnes Foundation with its collection move from Merion to Philadelphia; consulting curator for 15 years for Moore College of Art & Design; consultant for the Philadelphia documentary company History Making Productions; and planning consultant for dozens of historical organizations including Historic Morven, the Lancaster County Historical Society, and Historic Germantown. Dr. Talbott is the author and editor of several books and monographs, as well as dozens of articles on a variety of topics, ranging from American fine and decorative arts to cultural history. She has lectured and taught extensively, on a variety of topics. Dr. Talbott holds a BA from Wellesley College, an MA from the University of Delaware/Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, and an MA and PhD in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania.
Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Registration opens at 9:30 a.m.)
Location: Washington’s Headquarters, Morristown NJ*
Cost: $25 (includes lunch)
The fundraising landscape can be a bit of a mystery. What is the difference between a private foundation and a family foundation? What about government grants? And how do corporations fit into the mix? Whether you have a great idea for an exhibit or you want to work with a neighborhood organization on an outreach project, if your building needs a new HVAC system or you want to develop a strategic plan, there could be funding out there to support these kinds of endeavors.
Join us on October 10 at Washington’s Headquarters to hear from some of New Jersey’s top funders about the types of projects they fund and what priorities they are currently pursuing. Learn about the different types of grant funding available to history organizations and how to begin to identify the right kind of funder for your project.
Panelists include Sara Cureton, Director, the New Jersey Historical Commission; Gigi Naglak, Director of Grants and Programs, the New Jersey Council for the Humanities; Dorothy Guzzo, Executive Director, New Jersey Historic Trust; Sharnita Johnson, Program Director, Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; William Byrnes, Vice President of Grants, The Kirby Foundation; and Craig Weinrich, Director of Member Services, the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers. The workshop will conclude with a networking lunch.
This conversation with funders is sponsored by the New Jersey Historical Commission, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities, the New Jersey Historic Trust, and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.
*People with mobility and accessibility issues should park in the small upper lot.
The Lackawanna Historical Society will host the 2017 PHA Annual Meeting from October 12 – 14, 2017. Conference sites will include the Catlin House, Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, Heritage Room of the University of Scranton Library, and Steamtown National Historic Site. While proposals on all aspects of Pennsylvania and Mid-Atlantic history are encouraged, the program committee invites submissions on the theme, “Public Histories of the Mid- Atlantic,” which explores the many ways in which the public engages with the past. Local Arrangements Chair Mary Ann Moran-Savakinus and Program Committee Chair Silad Chamberlin look forward to welcoming you to the conference.
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In light of recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia and other cities across the nation, a panel discussion on Civil War Monuments has been planned in Cooper Union’s renowned Great Hall, on the subject of their meaning, the complex histories that surround their realization, and the current socio-political conditions that are causing their very existence to be reconsidered. Should these monuments be saved? Should they be torn down? Is it possible—or even appropriate—to make thoughtful, informed interventions into these works of public art that can preserve their history, diffuse the myth and polarization that surround them and serve as teaching moments for future generations? These and other questions will be posed during the program.
The 12th Biennial Symposium organized by the Latrobe Chapter of The Society of Architectural Historians, in collaboration with the DC Preservation League and The Catholic University of America, School of Architecture and Planning, explores the relationship between Federal and local interests as they relate to the built environment of greater Washington, DC.