"Local Community Influences on Interpretation at Historical Sites and Museums" is an analysis in how interpretations of historical content are chosen for visitors and to what degree local communities contribute to this decision process. What determines which stories and historical narratives are presented at historical sites and museums? Is the process of determining how to interpret historical events as simple as relating the event to the time and place that corresponds with that particular site? Is it possible that public historical sites and museums reflect the social values and points of interests of the local communities rather than accepted and popular history of American culture? This analysis demonstrates how local communities affect the interpretation through three case studies and through three components - governance, stakeholders, and funding. The simplified version of presenting history at historical sites "because it happened here" no longer becomes viable. Interpretation is affected and these three components demonstrate to what degree local communities contribute.
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Master of Arts (M.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
History; Public History
Length of Campus-only Access
Masters Thesis (Open Access)
FitzGerald, Jason, "Local Community Influences on Interpretation at Historical Sites and Museums" (2019). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2004-2019. 6326.