Cotton Gin Building, Ware Plaza
Can You Hear Me Now? Connecting to Visitors through Real Stories of Artifacts and Place
About the Workshop
This workshop focuses on storytelling in museum interpretation. Review the basics of effective storytelling and how object-based narrative can strengthen the impact of an exhibit. Learn to use storytelling to connect your museum to your community in relevant and meaningful ways. How do you find and tell real, compelling stories based on collections or a significant place? Among the topics covered by this workshop are: engaging multiple perspectives, identifying the “four truths” of a story, reframing questions, and approaching difficult history.
Erin L. McClelland, Interpretation Specialist, Austin
What to Bring to the Workshop
Please bring a photograph of an object from your museum collection to the workshop. If the object is on exhibit, also please bring the label text. If you are unable to access your museum collection, please bring a photograph of an object of personal significance from your home or office. We will use these photographs in a workshop exercise.
Pre-registration through the Texas Association of Museums website is required. Registration ends February 3, 2014.
This workshop is presented jointly by Texas Association of Museums and Texas Historical Commission. The curriculum was developed by the American Association for State and Local History with grant funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Copyright 2010 by the American Association for State and Local History. All rights reserved.