Are you planning to attend next week’s regional conference, “Tuning Our Interpretive Instruments,” at Montgomery Bell State Park, Tennessee?
One reason to attend…Stephanie Vickers will give an excellent plenary session Wednesday morning about empathy and its role in interpretation! The description is below. Hope to see you there!
Wednesday April 3, 2019, 8:00- 8:45AM
With the increase of discussion and study into the concept of empathy, and the consensus that it is a fundamental moral element in the creation of a stronger society, it is important that those of us who interpret history harness the power already at hand in our unique role as empathy creators. Living history programming offers the greatest amount of human-to-human connection, the essential element and greatest contribution to empathy-building. Bringing the humans of the past “to life” creates a chain of empathy: if we can engender empathy for the people of the past, we can extend empathy to each other in the present and create a legacy of empathy-building for the generations in the future.
Stephanie Vickers is an independent public historian and interpretation specialist who combines storytelling and performance techniques with academic research to transform museum/site programming into dynamic visitor experiences. She has a B.A. in Theatre (Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI) and M.A. in Public History (University of North Alabama, Florence, AL) and has worked professionally in the entertainment industry (as cast and crew) for over twenty years in theatre, film, television, commercials, voice over, and video games. She is known for her video game roles as Major Greenland in Battlefield 4 and Professor Mary Sue Ellington in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. Her museum work includes Donor and Alumni Relations Manager for the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and as a historical interpreter, either as staff or volunteer, at Mankser’s Station (TN); Martin’s Station (VA); Historic Ramsey House (TN); and Alvin C. York State Park (TN). Her mission is to breathe life into the humanity of past peoples and her current work concentrates on the pathways between empathy, costumed historical interpretation, and strengthening our shared human connections.