12 / 07 / 17

Behind the Scenes: Insights of an Interpretive Planner

Interview with Halley Fehner, CIP, Content Director, Exhibits and Interpretive Planning How did your background influence your decision to become an Interpretive Planner? I come from a history-loving family who also really like to hike, so we visited a lot of historic sites, Civil War battlefields, museums, and national parks when I was growing up…. Read more »

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11 / 06 / 17

The Modern Museum: Trends in Cultural Institutions

Museums and historical sites are keepers of the past, but the ways they convey and share stories are constantly evolving. Today, institutions are actively redefining what it means to be a steward of history by updating interpretation, broadening audiences, and investing in new technologies. At History Associates, we attend conferences, seminars, and other training sessions,… Read more »

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09 / 26 / 17

Hidden Figures: Unearthing Black History in Museums and Archives

Museums and archives preserve and tell significant stories. They also serve their visitors, connecting people to their histories and providing an opportunity to hear otherwise unheard voices. Historically, both of these types of institutions were places of privilege, but today they serve increasingly diverse communities that demand inclusive narratives. As museums and archives work to… Read more »

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06 / 21 / 16

The Power of a Picture: Navigating High Resolution Image Acquisition and Licensing

Graphics provide powerful snapshots of historic events. We can all think of images that transported us back in time. Do you shiver for those determined patriots crossing the icy Delaware River beside George Washington? Or feel distressed by the mother’s haunting stare in Dorothea Lange’s famous Depression-era photograph? Considering the possibility for images to not… Read more »

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05 / 16 / 16

Behind the scenes on the Road to Tokyo: Telling the story of America’s WWII War in the Pacific

Road to Tokyo: Pacific Theater Galleries opened at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans last December after more than two years of intense work by a team of Museum staff, media producers, designers, fabricators, and content developers. History Associates served on the content development team for the new installation, which features ten galleries, each… Read more »

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03 / 03 / 15

Mapping History: A Behind the Scenes Look at the Making of Historical Maps

On June 6, 1944, thousands of Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy in what would become a turning point of the Second World War. There are many ways to portray this pivotal moment, but eyewitness accounts, photographs, and artifacts only tell part of the story. Maps, however, can tie these pieces together, adding a… Read more »

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11 / 18 / 14

Taking Timelines Beyond Two Dimensions

Museum exhibits have long used timelines to communicate events and trends. Sprawling across museum walls, these time-tested graphics pack in details and provide context to a general audience. However, history is not two dimensional. As demand for online history increases, new and innovative virtual exhibits have become available. These more engaging experiences take advantage of… Read more »

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05 / 01 / 13

The Power of Artifacts to Elevate the Story

The word “artifact” may conjure up a mental image of something archaic — a dusty old object that is stored away and no longer relevant. But when revealed through the right lens, artifacts become powerful tools for bringing a story to life. The storytelling power has nothing to do with the value, age, or beauty… Read more »

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09 / 21 / 12

Time and Space: Interpreting History through GIS Mapping

GIS mapping is a powerful way to make history come to life. Combining geographic information system (GIS) data with historical information, may serve to: Present historical evidence in its precise geographical context, Visually convey geographic changes over time, or Tell engaging stories from a geohistorical perspective. Visually illustrating change over time in this way is… Read more »

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03 / 02 / 12

Effective Commemoration: The Changing Approach to Observing the Civil War

As the Civil War Sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary enters its second year, we have noted significant differences between this observance and the war’s Centennial. These changes demonstrate a shift from national to local commemoration and from a celebratory view of the war to one cognizant of its toll and its multifaceted meaning. Through our work with… Read more »

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