Interpreting Slave Life

Slavery: Let's talk about it

Reflections from City Point

| May 3, 2012

I am a timid person by nature–I like to play the background and do careful, thought provoking and amazing work while back there. However I realize with a business model, this doesn’t serve well, so I work these jitters and moments of slight fear and shyness out before I come face to face with a […]

New Links Worth Checking Out!

| March 19, 2012

Hey everybody! I have added two new links to the blogroll on your right. One is for NCPH’s History@Work website which is “a digital publication project of the National Council on Public History. The blog was created in March 2012 to expand on our long-running listserv, H-Public, to serve as an online “commons” where people from […]

Fun with Public Lectures

| March 6, 2012

Last Thursday (March 1) I gave my first public lecture at Historic St. Mary’s City. After such a large crowd at the panel discussion at St. Mary’s College, I thought that the group would migrate over on Thursday, but alas it was not meant to be. However, there were about 20 people there who came […]

Introducing Slavery at Historic St. Mary’s City

| March 1, 2012

I think there are some folks who chuckle when I tell them I am a consultant, as if that’s not possible. But I am. A large part of what I do and what I want to continue doing is getting historic sites and museums comfortable in telling the story of slavery as it pertains to […]

Panels and Plantations

| March 1, 2012

Continuing my week of adventures and presentations, I had the honor of being a panelist at St. Mary’s College of Maryland last night. The panel discussion was about diversity in museums, and how we can diversify our visitors, not only racially, but socioeconomically, as well as in age range. Most visitors to museums are older, […]

AAG Recap

| February 28, 2012

Over the past two days, I have presented, attended and been a panelist in 3 sessions at the Association of American Geographer’s Annual Meeting in New York City. Always a fun place to be, I didn’t spend a lot of time exploring the city, although my accommodations at the Salisbury Hotel on W. 57th Street […]

Cross Post: Telling the (Hi)story of Jim Crow

| February 1, 2012

Last year at the National Council on Public History’s Annual Meeting, I met Priya Chhaya at the Speed Networking event. Priya is an Online Content Coordinator in the Preservation Division at the National Trust for Historic Preservation and can be found blogging at her site …and this is what comes next. Recently, she mentioned Interpreting […]

To My Old Master…

| February 1, 2012

On Monday, Letters of Note posted quite the letter from former slave Jourdan Anderson. Mr. Anderson was a slave of Colonel P.H. Anderson of Big Spring, Tennessee and who wrote the man he once owned what I’m sure was a very lovely letter (in the Colonel’s mind) asking him to come on back to the […]

Been a minute

| January 26, 2012

What have I been doing? Where did I go? I didn’t go anywhere, but I have been preparing for the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting in February. I am a panelist as well as a presenter,  and I’ll be talking about sharing the load in the historic interpretation of slave life. I cannot wait! […]

Following The Drinking Gourd and Other Paths to Freedom

| December 13, 2011

This time of year reminds me of a few things about interpretation. Not only did I do slave life interpretation at Historic Brattonsville, but this time of year I would also brush up on “Follow the Drinking Gourd” to be shown at the Museum of York County’s Planetarium. We would show this during Christmas break […]


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