Guest-Centered Live Interpretation
Instructor: Ellen Paulin
Date: August 9-11, 2018
Interpretation can be a powerful tool when it comes to making personal connections with guests at your museum. This course will give you a wide variety of techniques and exercises to help boost your guest experience. We will cover the basics of interpretive methods such as first person, third person, and Museum Theater. You will learn how to develop an interpretive program and what to look for when hiring and training interpreters for your site. One day of this course will be spent visiting nearby museums to observe and assess interpretation in action.
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Ellen Paulin is Interpretation Manager at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park in Fishers, Indiana. Leading up to her current role as manager, she has worked as an interpreter, in museum theater, a team leader in historic agriculture and livestock, and supervisor. After studying Education and Communications at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, Ellen transferred to Hocking College in Ohio where she finished her degree in Natural and Historic Interpretation in 2009. Her passion for connecting people to history has driven her to success at Conner Prairie. When she is not on “the Prairie” Ellen’s husband and two children keep her on her toes.