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Bringing the Past to the Present Contemporary Issues at Historic Sites & Museums

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Are you interested in connecting your site’s history with a current issue? Or wondering how you can use your site to spark dialogue and encourage visitors to take action? Or to navigate sensitive conversations with co-workers and visitors who might be resistant to discussing contemporary topics?

This interactive webinar will explore how historic sites and museums can bring contemporary issues to light at their sites. Using Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site as a case study, speakers Lauren Zalut and Annie Anderson will discuss their work linking the past and the present through the stories of incarceration.

The presenters will discuss their site’s progression from solely interpreting the past to interpreting both historic and current events. They will also provide participants with a toolkit of actionable steps and resources that can be scaled up or down, depending on the size of each participant’s site.

*Some of this webinar’s content will be covered in Sean Kelley’s workshop, “The Advocacy / Neutrality Throwdown!” at the AASLH annual meeting in Austin, TX on Saturday, September 9, 2017.