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Historic House Call: Developing Discussion Based Interpretation
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When: August 23, 2017
3:00 PM
Where: United States
Presenter: Jessica VanLanduyt
Contact: Amber Mitchell

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Conversation. Chat. Dialogue. Discussion. These are words that visitors may not often associate with the guided tour. However, historic house museums have the unique opportunity to invite visitors in, offer them a place to sit, and give them a voice. This webinar illustrates how conversation promotes individual and group learning and helps to build connections to historic sites. It will provide strategies for encouraging conversation and discussion on tours, including asking the right questions, listening, and breaking down barriers to comfort and connection. Attendees will also receive resources and training materials for interpreters. 


About the Instructor:

Jessica VanLanduyt is Deputy Mission Officer at the Atlanta History Center. She is responsible for interpretation of the center’s four historic house museums and works collaboratively to implement mission related institutional objectives. Jessica holds a Master’s Degree in Heritage Preservation with a concentration in Public History from Georgia State University in Atlanta. 

About the Facilitator:

Ron M. Potvin is Assistant Director & Curator of the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities & Cultural Heritage at Brown University. His responsibilities include preservation and interpretation of the National Historic Landmark Nightingale-Brown House (1792) and its collections and overseeing gallery spaces and exhibitions. He also teaches courses on historic house museums, museum collections, and material culture. He can be contacted at


Historic House Calls are online discussions featuring hot topics for historic house museums. Led by experts in the field, and organized by members of AASLH Historic House Affinity Group Committee, they encourage attendees to join in the discussion