Interpreting Our Heritage

ISBN-10: 0807858676
ISBN-13: 9780807858677
Edition: 4th 2008
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Book details

List price: $19.00
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 3/18/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.572
Language: English

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." For fifty years, Freeman Tilden's "Interpreting Our Heritage" has been an indispensable sourcebook for those who are responsible for developing and delivering interpretive programs. This expanded and revised anniversary edition includes not only Tilden's classic work but also an entirely new selection of accompanying photographs, five additional essays by Tilden on the art and craft of interpretation, a new foreword by former National Park Service director Russell Dickenson, and an introduction by R. Bruce Craig that puts Tilden's writings into perspective for present and future generations. Whether the challenge is to make a prehistoric site come to life; to explain the geological basis behind a particular rock formation; to touch the hearts and minds of visitors to battlefields, historic homes, and sites; or to teach a child about the wonders of the natural world, Tilden's book, with its explanation of the famed "six principles" of interpretation, provides a guiding hand. For anyone interested in our natural and historic heritage—park volunteers and rangers, museum docents and educators, new and seasoned professional heritage interpreters, and those lovingly characterized by Tilden as "happy amateurs"—"Interpreting Our Heritage" and Tilden's later interpretive writings, included in this edition, collectively provide the essential foundation for bringinginto focus the truths that lie beyond what the eye sees.

Freeman Tilden (1883-1980) was a pioneer in the field of cultural interpretation. A former journalist, playwright, and novelist, he began writing about America's national parks in the 1940s with the encouragement of the National Park Service director. This led to four books on visiting, learning, and teaching about national heritage sites, of which nterpreting Our Heritage remains the most influential.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction to the Fourth Edition
Principles of Interpretation
The Visitor's First Interest
Raw Material and Its Product
The Story's the Thing
Not Instruction but Provocation
Toward a Perfect Whole
For the Younger Mind
The Written Word
Past into Present
Nothing in Excess
The Mystery of Beauty
The Priceless Ingredient
Of Gadgetry
The Happy Amateur
Vistas of Beauty
Freeman Tilden's Later Interpretive Writings
Mindsight: The Aim of Interpretation
That Elderly Schoolma'am: Nature
The Constructive Aspect of Inaction
Two Concord Men in a Boat
An Interpretive Ideal
Index

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