Interpretation as Provocation: Our 2017 Pohanka Interns Set Their Minds on Freeman Tilden

By Jill Titus

Every summer, we feature posts on the blog that provide a behind-the-scenes view of what it’s like to work on the frontlines of history. Our contributors – Gettysburg College students doing summer internships under the auspices of CWI’s Brian C. Pohanka Internship Program – share their experiences giving tours of some of the nation’s leading historic sites, talking with visitors, and working with historical artifacts, educational programs, and archival collections. This summer, our Pohanka interns will be grappling with the role of provocation in historical interpretation – how to define it, how to achieve it, and how to best harness its power to carve out a shared space for analysis and reflection

Over the course of the next few weeks, we’ll be featuring a series of student reflections on the role of provocation in interpretation, all taking as their central starting point Freeman Tilden’s classic introduction to heritage interpretation, Interpreting Our Heritage, 4th Edition (University of North Carolina Press, 2008).

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