So much to do, so little time
Well it hasn’t been as long as I thought in between posts but it’s been long enough. My deepest apologies. I have been busy packing and creating an exit strategy as I am leaving the current position to open myself up to more consulting gigs. I loved what I did at the site and I wouldn’t change that experience for the world…after all, a lot of my experiences have given me great blog topics, some which I haven’t even begun to talk about but will, but right now it’s best for my family that we all live in one state and that we all are happy.
I have had so many thoughts regarding the state of slave life interpretation lately that it has been impossible to put them down on paper or even just let my fingers do the typing and seeing what comes up on the screen. There are so many things I want to really talk about, like who should be doing it and why. I know I talked about that a little bit earlier, but I need to share my experiences completely. I want to talk about race relations in the work place when it comes to interpreting slavery because I don’t think people really “think” about what they say before they say it and how if I were a lawsuit queen, I’d be pretty rich right about now. I also want to talk more about program development and how sites can enhance the discussion about slavery. This is what I want to do for a living and it’s exciting to know that this will be a full time gig for me starting in October (when the move is complete)
I want to hear from historic sites that are reading these posts and actually taking notes on what is being discussed because I know you’re out there (Hi Theresa!). What are the obstacles you encounter when you add slavery to a program, or when your visitors cringe at the very word “slave”? And for those of you who are not African American, yet you interpret slavery, I really want to know what it’s like, and how you feel about what you do, because the interpretation is important no matter WHO it comes from.
So let’s be more engaging and let’s really REALLY talk about it. I know I have subscribers, I know I have people who get this on their readers daily, but I want to see comments and I want to be able to have an honest back and forth about the topic of interpreting slave life. Let’s make some changes folks and let’s get the story told!!