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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Filled with principles of interpretation, amplified by example meant to motivate.

The basic book used by National Interpretation Assn as a teaching tool. We shall see whether its initial read supports the basic class?

Interpreting Our Heritage by Freeman Tilden

Excellent and thoughtful book on hoiw to interpret history to those who are not familiar with history. An excellent guide for park rangers who are often asked questions by visitors, and how to answer them in ways that ou the visitors see the history and natural history of the park.

Freeman Tilden was a pioneer in the field of natural and cultural interpretation. A former journalist, playwright, and novelist, he began writing about America’s national parks in the s with the encouragement of National Park Service director Newton Drury.

This led to four books on visiting, learning, and teaching about national and state parks and other heritage areas, of which Interpreting Our Heritage remains the most influential. Account Options Sign in.


By means of guided walks and talks, tours, exhibits, and signs, visitors experience these areas through a very special kind of communication technique known as “interpretation. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Interpreting our heritage – Freeman Tilden, R. Bruce Craig – Google Books

Every year millions of Americans visit national parks and monuments, state and municipal parks, battlefields, historic houses, and museums. This expanded and revised anniversary edition includes not only Tilden’s classic work but also an entirely new selection of accompanying photographs, five additional essays by Tilden on the art and craft of interpretation, a new foreword by former National Park Kur director Russell Dickenson, and an introduction by R.

Bruce Craig that puts Tilden’s writings into perspective for present and future generations. Whether the challenge is to make a prehistoric site come to life; to explain the geological basis behind a particular rock formation; to touch the hearts and minds of visitors to battlefields, historic homes, and interprdting or to teach a child about the wonders of the natural world, Tilden’s book, with its interprrting of the famed “six principles” of interpretation, provides a guiding hand.

Interpreting Our Heritage

For anyone interested in our natural and historic heritage–park volunteers and rangers, museum docents and educators, new and seasoned professional heritage interpreters, and those lovingly characterized by Tilden as “happy amateurs– Interpreting Our Heritage and Tilden’s later interpretive writings, included in this edition, collectively provide the essential foundation for bringing into focus the truths that lie beyond what the eye sees. Contents Introduction to the Fourth Edition.


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Introduction to the Fourth Edition.