The Historical Interpreter Apprentice Program
Andersonville National Historic Site is proud to offer an award-winning educational opportunity in 2014. The Historical Interpreter Apprentice Program (HIAP) is a great chance for high school students interested in history, teaching, public speaking, theater and community service to learn new skills and get strong work experience at a federal institution.
Who is an historical interpreter?
An historical interpreter is a person who presents history to wide audiences, in a variety of formats. This can include professions like teachers, park rangers, museum guides, tour guides and actors. Historical interpreters might participate in such things as writing museum exhibits, leading tours, showing historical games or chores, creating brochures or performing as historical figures. They are, at heart, storytellers who can use their written words, their voices and their bodies to tell amazing stories that happen to be true. Even at a site about the Civil War, both young men AND women are needed to successfully tell our story.
What is an historical interpreter apprentice?
What is the commitment?
Our sessions will traditionally end at 12:00 pm, but on specific Saturdays we may participate in up to two fieldtrips which will take us off site for the majority of the day. These trips will require some flexibility, but their benefits are extensive.
Mandatory attendance for the final event on March 8th-9th is expected. The park's living history event is the culmination of all your hard work and training and will give you the opportunity to shine in front of a live audience.
Apprentices will be expected to read short articles or view websites as homework between Saturday sessions. These are not meant to be burdens or busy work but will better prepare apprentices to talk about historical interpretation together. Each week apprentices will receive their homework for the next week and other handouts during the day. A Facebook group is utilized for information and assignments.
After the completion of the program, apprentices will be encouraged to come back when available to volunteer for special events. We want the returning group to act as mentors for the next generation of apprentices which gives everyone valuable experience.
When you become an apprentice you will be representatives of your school, your community, and the National Park Service.
How do I apply?
Hand deliver or mail the application packet to Andersonville National Historical Site museum before 5:00 pm on Friday, January 3rd. Park staff will review the applications and will select the apprentices. You will be notified by January 11th by email. After you receive the selection email, you will receive an acceptance packet in the mail. There will be forms to sign and some materials to get you started. Your first session will be Saturday, January 18th at 9:00 am.
Who do I contact with questions?
Did You Know?
A small number of Andersonville prisoners were able to grow crops such as beans and corn. Prisoner diaries and sketches mention this fact and a photograph taken in the summer of 1864 shows corn stalks growing near a shelter. Such an undertaking would require constant guard and demonstrates that prisoners knew they might be captives at Andersonville for quite some time.