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What is it?  Co-Creating Narratives in Public Spaces was a two-day public training organized by the National Park Service and The George Washington University Museum Studies Program. Full Agenda Available here.

Who is it for?  Co-Creating Narratives in Public Spaces is a forum for NPS administrators and interpreters, academics, museum professionals, anthropologists, public historians, and practitioners of history to discuss how the National Park Service can best define and communicate the complex and challenging narratives that comprise the history of the United States.

When was it?  September 17 & 18, 2014

Webinars: Prior to the training, two unique webinars were held on August 27 and September 3.

What is the vision for the training?  The National Parks are important to all Americans as symbols of the nation, and the National Park Service has a responsibility to ensure that the narratives at these sites are informed by up-to-date scholarship that is inclusive and incorporates issues of race, ethnicity, gender, and power.

This two-day training will support the National Park Service’s efforts to achieve relevance in its second century. The National Park Service strives to foster transformative experiences that help people find meaning and make sense of issues that reflect the breadth of the country’s natural and cultural resources and its peoples. National Parks promote active engagement and memorable experiences that provide opportunities to attract and engage new audiences, leverage existing and new partners, and consistently meet or exceed audience expectations for learning and visitor experiences. The National Park Service is committed to connecting all Americans to their collective heritage resources in a manner that resonates with their lives, legacies, and dreams, and tells the stories that make up America’s diverse national identity.

By engaging with the diversity of the peoples whose histories make up the nation’s collective past, the National Park Service increases the relevance of parks, monuments, battlefields, memorials, and historic trails to today’s visitors and helps to broaden audiences who attend NPS programs and events. Expanding the narratives of the National Park Service helps visitors make connections with the people, events, and places that the National Park Service commemorates and preserves.

What’s in it for me?  Through this training, participants will be better able to negotiate the challenges of shifting from traditional narrative strategies to more dynamic programs that incorporate diverse perspectives and focus on holistic storytelling. The goal is to leave attendees better prepared to develop more diverse and complex narratives and to share their successes – and failures – with the larger community committed to increasing the relevancy, diversity, and inclusion in the National Park Service.

Who can I contact if I have questions? If you have any questions about the training, you may contact Sangita Chari at or 202-354-2203.