For fifty years, Freeman Tilden’s Interpreting Our Heritage has been an For anyone interested in our natural and historic heritage–park. Interpreting Our Heritage: Principles and Practices for Visitor Services in Parks, Museums, and Historic Places. Front Cover. Freeman Tilden. University of North . For anyone interested in our natural and historic heritage-park volunteers and amateurs”-Interpreting Our Heritageand Tilden’s later interpretive writings.
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Interpreting Our Heritage by Freeman Tilden.
Every year millions of Americans visit national parks and monuments, state and municipal parks, battlefield hwritage, historic houses, and museums. By means of guided tours, exhibits, and signs, visitors to these areas receive a very special kind of education through their interpretation of informative materials. For over thirty-five years, Interpreting Our Heritage has been a Every year millions of Americans visit national parks and monuments, state and municipal parks, battlefield areas, historic houses, and museums.
For over thirty-five years, Interpreting Our Heritage has been a tildden book for those tilren are responsible for and who respond to such interpretive materials. Whether the problem is to make a prehistoric site come to life or to explain heritge geological theory integpreting a particular rock formation, Freeman Tilden provides helpful principles to follow.
For anyone interested in our natural and man-made heritage, this book offers guidance for exploring educational and recreational resources. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Interpreting Our Heritageplease sign up.
Be the first to ask a question about Interpreting Our Heritage. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Jan 18, Hannah Givens rated it really liked it Shelves: A foundational work in public history, and still well worth a read.
I think, knowing its significance, I went in expecting something dense, theoretical, textbook-y. It is theoretical, but in a very friendly, conversational way, and it’s a short book, so I think the interested public could also get a lot out of it too provided they recognize it’s sixty tildeen old. For me as a public history practitioner, it’s a positive and encouraging book that helps you think about the visitor first and learn A foundational work in public history, and still well worth a read.
Interpreting Our Heritage
For me as a public history practitioner, it’s a positive and encouraging book that helps you think about the inteprreting first and learn how to give that visitor something of value. There are tips and tricks, and six “principles” of interpretation that I think should still be taught to public history students everywhere, but the main thing is this motivational “consider this aspect Because the book mostly focuses on interprsting national parks, and mostly on itnerpreting tours within those parks, others might get even more practical instruction out of it.
He takes care to reference museums, historic homes, and other sites of interpretation as well, though. Not the be-all and end-all, but good! Feb 07, Nina Fitzgerald rated it did not like it. The first time I tried to read Tilden’s book several years ago I had to put it down after just a few pages. Perhaps it was my newness to park interpretation but it just did not hold my interest. Knowing that I should innterpreting it for it’s alleged insight and historical value I picked it up again last week.
I have figured out why I do not really like this book. Tilden’s writing style is dated.
I found it to be extremely heavy and dense – not “difficult to understand” dense but extremely “wordy” – I The first time I tried to read Tilden’s book several years ago I had to put it down after just a few pages. I found it to be extremely heavy and dense – not “difficult to understand” dense but extremely “wordy” hwritage I felt he used 10 words where 2 or 3 would suffice. It seemed to me that in heriage writing he was guilty of the very thing he was saying interpretation should not be.
After plowing through half the text I started skimming pages. At the final page all I could say was “Whew! I am so glad THAT is over with. Jan 24, Staci rated it it was amazing. This is what I do for a living Read it if you are interested in why museums and parks do what they do Mar 19, Erin rated it really liked it Shelves: No textbook, however instructional, can convey the feeling of reality that comes to us when we stand in the very places, among the identical objects, where our history has been wrought by the will and courage and ideals of the earlier days of our nation.
It is both stimulating and informative in advocating for the preservation and conservation of national parks, and each chapter manages to present a different and compelling reason as to why we should do so.
From his anecdotes to his experiences, Tilden relates to the reader that national parks are part of America’s cultural heritage and identity, and they are vital to our national welfare, not to mention our spiritual and mental wellbeing.
As a museum professional and life-long park visitor, I whole heartedly agree with Tilden that these sublime places should be preserved and conserved. I know I go to the National Parks to experience something new or revisit something I was inspired by, and I make it a point to try and visit at least one a year fun fact I have been to the Grand Canyon five times. Every museum professional and park enthusiast should pick up this book at some point in their lives. Dec 12, David rated it really liked it.
A wonderful excursus on the prospect of interpreting the natural and humanly created resources of the United States. A worthwhile read for anyone who has a responsibility to share our heritage. Aug 20, Martha rated it it was amazing Shelves: A beautifully written classic.
Sep 06, Erson Padapiran rated it really liked it Shelves: Peninggalan sejarah berupa artefak ataupun situs merupakan hal yang menarik, tidak hanya sebagai interprwting saja namun juga bisa juga menjadi seperti halnya catatan, situs merekam berbagai macam peristiwa, dengan melihat, membaca kemudian menafsirkanya maka peristiwa dan ingatan tersebut menjadi hidup dan memberikan berbagai macam informasi.
Feb 23, Rhonda rated it liked it. Oct 02, meg rated it it was amazing. Clear-eyed and finely written. As a museum professional, this book was absolutely fantastic. As a human, I now want to read so much more from Thoreau and Emerson. Oct 23, Kristi rated it really liked it. The first chapter of this book is essential reading for anyone interested or working in uor interpretation.
In the first chapter Tilden posits 6 principles of interpretation. Tilden argues that heritage interpretation must first and foremost be relevant to the visitor.
Interpretation is informative, but more so intrepreting aims to provoke thought and emotion; in other words, to resonant with the visitor.
Interpretation is an interdisciplinary art that is teachable. It should aim at presenting a whole The first chapter of this book is essential reading for anyone interested or working in heritage interpretation. It should aim at presenting a whole narrative, rather than relating informative fragments. Lastly, interpretation for children should not be a distillation of a presentation for adults, but rather a separate and distinct interpretive approach.
The following chapters are enjoyable to read and offer a deeper insight into Tilden’s interpretive philosophy.
I particularly appreciated the extent to which Tilden’s theories were inspired by Transcendentalist philosophy, especially the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Sep 09, Julie H. I reread this for the manyth time and enjoyed it every bit as much–possibly more now that I’ve read a good deal of additional material in the field to see how strong the influence of this work has been.
I totally recommend this 50th anniversary edition of Tilden’s classic, first published in While the language is “generationally determined” as the volume’s editor states, it is no less relevant in Lots of grea I reread this for the manyth time and enjoyed it every bit as much–possibly more now that I’ve read a good deal of additional material in the field to see how strong the influence of this work has been.
Lots of great advice–esp. A happy and provocative read in the midst of a busy semester.
Interpreting our heritage – Freeman Tilden, R. Bruce Craig – Google Books
Can’t recommend it enough to others interested in the field. Sep 06, Lis rated it liked it Shelves: Not exactly riveting stuff, but I read this after becoming interested in volunteering at my local state park’s interpretive center. I researched and found this tiilden a definitive book on the subject. This helped me understand the theory and goals of interpretation, so it is very effective in that. Not exactly a complete training guide, and definitely not a “fun read” if you’re not interested in the subject, but very helpful if you hritage.
Mar 15, Robert Dirks rated it really liked it.
Interpreting Our Heritage – Freeman Tilden – Google Books
I now understand why National Park Service people regard Tilden as a kind of demigod. This book contains all of the essential lessons for rendering special places and historical structures meaningful to the general public. Tilden’s prose does not make for easy reading, but his ideas have greatly enriched my understanding about what I am doing in my role as a NPS volunteer. Jun 18, Rachel Rogers rated it really liked it.
While not a riveting read this book imterpreting essential if one is involved in interpreting a historic or natural site to the public. Tilden worked for the National Park Service for many years and basically invented their interpretation e.
This book’s instructions and pointers demonstrate why NPS is as effective as it is. Jan 19, George rated it liked it Shelves: Filled with principles of interpretation, amplified by example meant to motivate. The basic book used by Intdrpreting Interpretation Assn as a teaching tool.