INTERPRETING OUR HERITAGE FREEMAN TILDEN PDF

Originally published in when education as a field was instructional and based in lecture format, the participatory and more pedagogically inclusive concepts Tilden put forth were quite revolutionary. He further expands on this definition with 6 interpretive principles: 1. Interpretation is revelation based on information, not information itself. Interpretation is an art, and any art is to some degree teachable. The chief goal of interpretation is provocation, not instruction.

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Originally published in when education as a field was instructional and based in lecture format, the participatory and more pedagogically inclusive concepts Tilden put forth were quite revolutionary.

He further expands on this definition with 6 interpretive principles: 1. Interpretation is revelation based on information, not information itself. Interpretation is an art, and any art is to some degree teachable. The chief goal of interpretation is provocation, not instruction.

Interpretation must present a whole, not just a part or faction. Interpretation for children in mixed audiences should not dilute from the interpretation for adults, though it should follow a fundamentally different approach, best practice requires a separate program.

Admittedly, many of these concepts may now read as obvious truisms, though to understand them you must understand the environment in which they were created. Enhancing the visitor experience as a means of inspiring protection for parks was centered at the soul of this work.

While many of his principles and examples work for many types of heritage properties, I do feel that as is it favors natural resources.

A good example is how he recants the Civil War — which for him is a story of admiration for the soldiers of both sides without mention of the enslaved individuals fighting for freedom. Unless parameters are clearly defined, even empathy can have blind spots, depending on whom you are empathizing with. It should be noted the NPS now teaches the Civil War as one fought for the preservation of enslaving other American citizens, but I digress.

Overall, this book still definitely has value, though should be understood within its context in time and space. Whether you work in heritage interpretation or are curious about the field I would recommend this book; odds are that it has influenced you directly or indirectly in some way.

Rating: 3.

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Image credit: UNC Press. Working groups generally come together to solve a problem or to move a conversation forward. Predictably, many of us started with how Tilden came to be as influential as he has been. Tilden earned his place of high regard back in the s with the advent of Mission 66 , which was an attempt both to overhaul existing practices and to codify professional interpretation within the National Park Service. His text has been printed and reprinted in various iterations ever since. Anecdotally, many participants shared that Tilden remained on training bookshelves and in public history syllabi.

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Reinterpreting Freeman Tilden’s Interpreting Our Heritage

Free E-Exam Copies Every year millions of Americans visit national parks and monuments, state and municipal parks, battlefields, historic houses, and museums. By means of guided walks and talks, tours, exhibits, and signs, visitors experience these areas through a very special kind of communication technique known as "interpretation. About the Author Freeman Tilden was a pioneer in the field of natural and cultural interpretation. This led to four books on visiting, learning, and teaching about national and state parks and other heritage areas, of which Interpreting Our Heritage remains the most influential. For more information about Freeman Tilden, visit the Author Page. Reviews "[A] seminal book which may inspire yet another generation of park rangers.

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