Interpreting our heritage book review

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Interpreting Our Heritage by Freeman Tilden

Every year millions of Americans visit national parks and monuments, state and municipal parks, battlefield areas, historic houses, and museums. By means of guided tours, exhibits, and signs, visitors to these areas receive a very special kind of education through their interpretation of informative materials.

For over thirty-five years, Interpreting Our Heritage has been a source book for those who are responsible for and who respond to such interpretive materials. Whether the problem is to make a prehistoric site come to life or to explain the geological theory behind a particular rock formation, Freeman Tilden provides helpful principles to follow. For anyone interested in our natural and man-made heritage, this book offers guidance for exploring educational and recreational resources.
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Interpreting Our Heritage

Interpreting Our Heritage

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 bringing into focus the truths that lie beyond what the eye sees. About the Author Freeman Tilden was a pioneer in the field of natural and cultural interpretation. A former journalist, playwright, and novelist, he began writing about America's national parks in the s with the encouragement of National Park Service director Newton Drury. This led to four books on visiting, learning, and teaching about national and state parks and other heritage areas, of which Interpreting Our Heritage remains the most influential.

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Filled with principles of interpretation, amplified by example meant to motivate. The basic book used by National Interpretation Assn as a teaching tool. We shall see whether its initial read supports the basic class? Excellent and thoughtful book on hoiw to interpret history to those who are not familiar with history. An excellent guide for park rangers who are often asked questions by visitors, and how to answer them in ways that make the visitors see the history and natural history of the park.

Filled with principles of interpretation, amplified by example meant to motivate. The basic book used by National Interpretation Assn as a teaching tool. We shall see whether its initial read supports the basic class? Excellent and thoughtful book on hoiw to interpret history to those who are not familiar with history. An excellent guide for park rangers who are often asked questions by visitors, and how to answer them in ways that make the visitors see the history and natural history of the park. Freeman Tilden was a pioneer in the field of natural and cultural interpretation. A former journalist, playwright, and novelist, he began writing about America's national parks in the s with the encouragement of National Park Service director Newton Drury.

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