Imperiled Promise

On November 2, 2012, the University of Massachusetts in Boston hosted "Critical Conversations: The State of History in the National Park Service." NPS interpreters, historians, and their colleagues reflected on the Organization of American Historians' 2012 report, Imperiled Promise: The State of History in the National Park Service, which critically examines the state of history in National Parks. The two videos that follow show the lively, two part discussion of this important topic.

 

Critical Conversations: The Divide

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1 hour, 45 minutes, 1 second

Staff from Boston National Historical Park, National Park Service, and historians discuss "Imperiled Promise: The State of History in the National Park Service." This particular session discusses attainable recommendations for the Northeast Region to implement. Is there a divide between history and interpretation?

 

Critical Conversations: Fixed and Fearful Interpretation

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1 hour, 46 minutes, 27 seconds

Staff from Boston National Historical Park, National Park Service, and historians discuss "Imperiled Promise: The State of History in the National Park Service." This panel looks at strategies to bridge the divide between Cultural Resources and Interpretation, and how to avoid "static irrelevance."

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