Date of Award
MA Museum Professions
Communication and the Arts
Living history, Museums, Second person interpretation
Living history is a very interesting yet volatile topic within the museum field. Since its conception, living history techniques have evolved to include the visitor in ways that ordinary museums have historically been unable to do. Second person interpretation is one such advancement and can be an exciting opportunity for the visitor to "step back in time" and experience life as it once was. However, as this study will demonstrate, it is extremely difficult and virtually impossible to replicate historic environments and conditions, thus leaving living history sites to focus more on the present day and its connections to the past. This philosophy of creating and sustaining relevancy to contemporary issues can produce powerful results and is the main focal point within this study.
Harwell, Alex, "The Play's the Thing: Combining Cognitive Reenactnment with Civic Engagement to Create Effective Living History Site Learning" (2007). Seton Hall University Dissertations and Theses (ETDs). 2370.