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Historical Interpretive Planning for museums,
historic sites, and historical societies.
STORIES OF THE PAST, MEANING FOR
|The council astutely perceived
that the citys public history was despite the potential resources
and the presence of several interpreted sites, most excellent. The current
archaeological investigations have already begun to enhance interest in
the citys heritage. However, key to any future public history success
will be the development of an interpretive plan. To paraphrase a planner
for Colonial Williamsburg, public historians must decide what history will
be taught and say why it is important.
The following treatment outlines and justifies interpreting historic waysides and rest stops and nearby properties in Dane County as a microcosm for
the social history of the midwest in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. The plan draws from recent scholarship to advance engaging strategies
for interpreting this history at various exhibit sites in the city and nearby. Any plan depends to a large extent on the resources that will be available for
interpretation. Wisconsin currently possesses an impressive collection of historic properties and archaeological sites interpreted by several entities.
Most are clustered around Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River Valley.
National Park Service. Currently, interpretation at the manor dwells on the military installation and its role in the siege. The second most prominent players in the presentation of the citys past are the enthusiastic members of the non-profit Foundation. During the warmer months, the foundation interprets two properties. Described by one architectural historian as the very essence of the prairie farm culture" Tom Woods operates as a interpretive planners for many open air museums and living museums as well as typical house museums, with emphasis on the aesthetic value of the structure and its furnishings. Since its restoration in the early 1990s, the foundation has used the chapel to house two exhibits on archaeological sites excavated by the Center for Archaeological Research. Currently, the rather crowded selected panels from the earlier archaeology exhibits, a display of prehistoric artifacts, a Civil War soldiers tent, Victorian clothing, and early twentieth-century photographs of the city.