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First Person Interpreters (F.P.I.)


Kandie K. Carle
Regency, Victorian & Edwardian programs
PO Box 176, East Haddam, CT 06423

Assistant Chair:

Leah Lambert
EducationOld State House Museum
Little Rock, AR

Name Change

In October, 2016, the membership decided to change their name from FPIPN (First-Person Interpreters Professional Network) to F.P.I. (First Person Interpreters).

2016 Annual Meeting Update

Thank you to Ron Carnegie of Colonial Williamsburg for chairing the PIG for the past few years, and for keeping alive the retreat, leading sessions and workshops, and supporting the efforts of all ALHFAM First Person Interpreters.

Detailed information on the FPIPN PIG from this year’s meeting as well as going forward, will mainly be on the FPIPN PIG Forum group page on the ALHFAM website, as well as on the ALHFAM-L, with use of Facebook postings alerting folks to those postings. Facebook is great to announce that more info will be on the website Forum page. We are trying to increase membership through enticements posted on Facebook, so photos of what everyone is up to and event announcements will continue to be appreciated on the Facebook page. The more the better, in fact! However, job offers and employment opportunities should be added to the website Forum page (giving access only to members who have signed up to be included on that PIG Forum page at the website). Access to job listings (especially at AHFAM member sites) are a benefit of membership. And of course, the website has a general jobs postings list as well (available to members only). So posting in both places is encouraged. Again, this is a benefit of membership, as is the ALHFAM-L.

I have posted a challenge to the membership on the FPIPN Forum page, please head on over there and put in your two (or three) cents worth!

Looking forward to next summer’s ALHFAM annual at Geneses Country Village, where FPIPN is going to join with HATS for a two-pronged session. Kandie Carle will be submitting a proposal to bring back my "clothing through the eras" silhouette session (from several years ago), with suspended white sheet and back light. Then some of those participants will be in the next session doing a first person presentation, in costume, with discussion about creating the pieces and what has worked and what hasn’t.


  • To provide a support network for practitioners of first-person interpretation.
  • To promote high standards of quality for first-person interpretation.
  • To provide a clearinghouse for techniques, advice, employment opportunities, and resources.
  • To meet as an ALHFAM PIG and conduct pre-conference workshops or sponsor sessions at Annual and Regional ALHFAM meetings, as well as independent First-Person retreats.
  • To organize a network of independent contractors and museums so both types of agencies can locate appropriate talent for their projects.


The committee disseminates its lists, guidelines, and resources via the ALHFAM Web Page (www.alhfam.org), electronic mail, regular mail, and the ALHFAM Bulletin.


  • Past into Present: Effective Techniques for First-Person Historical Interpreters. University of North Carolina Press, 1998. by ALHFAM member Stacy Roth.
  • Three page summary of 1997 ALHFAM pre-conference workshop, The Freelance Interpreter: Issues, Audiences, Marketing & More. 1997 ALHFAM Annual Meeting Proceedings, Vol. XX, Pages 255-257.
  • ALHFAM Proceedings especially Vol. XXII, 1999 FPIPN pre-conference workshop papers, pages 70-75,112-14, 121-124.
  • Papers from 2000 will be available when published.

If you are a member of ALHFAM and would like to join F.P.I., please send your name, address, institutional affiliation (if any), telephone number, email address, and a short description of your first-person interests to Kandie Carle.

For any whom may be interested, F.P.I. now has its own Facebook page and own Forum.  Feel free to come on by if you are so inclined.

Please feel free to send personal and site literature for referrals. Also, please indicate if you would like to take an active role in the F.P.I. as part of our working committee. We pride ourselves that participation is open to all who wish to take an active part in the work of the committee. Though we are far apart in terms of distance, we find ways to spread the work. 

Stacy Roth has compiled a list of historic sites that use first-person interpretation.

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