Public History Boot Camp is a training initiative offering low-cost, high-quality workshops on current scholarship and essential skills for public history professionals. Initiated in 2013, our boot camp programs have been featured in Public History News and at national professional conferences.
Historic Preservation Workshops
Interpretive Planning for Historic Sites and Museums: Why, What, and How
October 7, 2017, 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Alice Paul Institute, Mount Laurel, NJ
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.
Architecture in Color: Historic Paints and Finishes, Their Investigation and Reproduction
November 11, 2017, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
South AB, Campus Center, Rutgers-Camden
Historic architecture is known to us in primary source materials through drawings or early black-and-white photography. What’s missing is color and the finishing of a building that makes all the difference in its appearance. Through lectures and hands-on lab work, workshop participants will learn what traditional paints were made of, how they were used, and ways to investigate the finishes history of a building.