Developing comprehensive and conscientious interpretation of slavery

Posted September 16th, 2014 by
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Developing Comprehensive and Conscientious Interpretation of Slavery at Historic Sites and MuseumsThis year, Tracing Center staff wrote a “technical leaflet” on interpreting slavery for the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH).

“Developing Comprehensive and Conscientious Interpretation of Slavery at Historic Sites and Museums,” by Kristin L. Gallas and James DeWolf Perry, outlines the strategic guidance and major lessons for interpreting slavery which are featured in our forthcoming book on interpreting slavery, due out by the end of the year from Rowman & Littlefield.

We’re pleased to say that this technical leaflet was included as an insert in the most recent issue of History News, the magazine for AASLH’s membership, and is now available to the general public through the AASLH web site.

We have also organized a series of three panels based on the technical leaflet and the book at this year’s AASLH annual meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota this week:

  • “Institutional Investment and Community Involvement in the Interpretation of Slavery” (Thursday, Sept. 18, 8:30am)
  • “The Role of Racial Identity in Interpretation” (Thursday, Sept. 18, 1:30pm)
  • “Redefining Success: Tips and Techniques for Training Interpreters to Talk about Slavery” (Saturday, Sept. 20, 9:00am)

If you’ll be attending the AASLH conference, please consider attending one of our panels, or stopping by to see us in the exhibition hall (booth #217). If not, please check out the technical leaflet, or sign up for our mailing list (at the bottom left of this page) to be notified later this year when the book has been published.

2 Responses to “Developing comprehensive and conscientious interpretation of slavery”

  1. Stella Antley Says:

    James, this is a major achievement realized. It must be gratifying to see your years of research in book form. I am sure this book will enlighten all of us and I for one, having a Slave holding me, quite anxious to read and learn about our ancestors. KUDOS and Bravo to the entire Dewolf family. Stella for the Slave

  2. Janice Canaday Says:

    would be very interested in attending these presentations!

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