Interpretive Planning and Organizational Strategy

  • Arlington House, National Park Service
  • Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School
  • Marblehead Museum – Jerimiah Lee Mansion and Slave Quarters
  • Moffatt-Ladd House
  • Morven Museum and Garden
  • National Capital Region Office, National Park Service
  • Old North Church and Historic Site
  • Salem Maritime National Historic Site
  • Saugus Ironworks National Historic Site
  • Strawbery Banke Museum

[Kristin] divided workshop participants into small groups … each assigned a space or room…. My group was assigned the ballroom, what I remember as a mostly empty space with a few historic furnishings. There were no interpretive signs. Gallas gave us a sheet of paper with minimal descriptions and asked that we think about the role of enslaved people in those spaces. It was genius! … She made us imagine an alternate experience, one of tired hands and feet quickly and quietly moving in and out of the space, others standing along the walls for hours just waiting, thinking, hoping. We did not need the historical documentation to know what happened, but we had a powerful experience nonetheless. It wasn’t mythical. It wasn’t a lie. It was an imagined experience. I was so moved by that experience that I wanted to immediately go to [my colleagues] and share.

– Dr. Jodi Skipper, Behind the Big House: Reconciling Slavery, Race, and Heritage in the U.S. South

Professional Development Workshops

  • American Association for State and Local History
  • Appomattox Court House Nat’l Historical Park
  • Boston Athenaeum
  • Boston By Foot
  • Casemate Museum / Fort Monroe Authority
  • Cedar Creek / Belle Grove Nat’l Historical Park
  • Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site
  • Fitchburg Art Museum
  • Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area
  • Gateway Arch National Park
  • George Mason’s Gunston Hall
  • George Ranch Historical Park
  • George Washington Birthplace Nat’l Monument
  • Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School
  • Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home
  • Historic Philadelphia
  • Little Rock Central High School Nat’l Historic Site
  • Louisville Coalition on the History of Enslavement
  • Maine State Museum
  • Morven Museum and Garden
  • National Council for History Education
  • National Park Service, Northeast Region (NY, PA, VA)
  • Preservation Kentucky
  • Preservation Maryland
  • Red Hill, Patrick Henry National Memorial
  • Richmond National Battlefield Park
  • Royall House and Slave Quarters
  • Salem Maritime National Historic Site
  • Sully Historic Site
  • The Pew Trust
  • The Trustees of Reservations
  • Whitney Plantation

The workshop was very helpful in terms of preparation for interaction with
visitors, and provided research-based strategies, lots of examples and
opportunities for practice. Also helped me set a broad context for our exhibit
and the many ‘connections’ that visitors may make, some positive,
some not so much.

– Workshop Participant

Education Program Development

  • Decatur House, National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Montana Historical Society
  • Shelburne Museum
  • Surratt House Museum
  • Tsongas Industrial History Center

Conference-Organized Workshops

  • Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, National Council for Public History
  • Aiken-Rhett House, Carolina Lowcountry and the Atlantic World
  • Colonial Williamsburg, Association of Living History Farms and Museums
  • Fort Ticonderoga, Slavery and Race in Colonial America
  • Neill-Cochran House, Texas Historical Commission – Real Places Conference
  • Locust Grove, American Association for State and Local History

Conference Presentations

  • American Association for State and Local History
  • Essex National Heritage Area
  • National Association for Interpretation
  • National Council for History Education
  • National Council for Public History
  • New England Museums Association
  • Society for the History of the Early American Republic
  • National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom