First Person Interpreters Retreat
John Dickinson Plantation
March 23-25, 2018
ALHFAM members Gloria Henry and Vertie Lee of the John Dickinson Plantation will be our hostesses for the upcoming George Chapman Memorial First Person Interpreters Retreat, in Dover, Delaware, March 23-25, 2018. Location of the retreat is mainly in buildings of the historic district of Dover, Delaware, with off-site visits.
Registration will be through the ALHFAM website and will open January 15th. The early-bird cost for the weekend retreat is $75, which includes the Friday evening reception and tour, Saturday morning sessions, snacks, boxed lunch, afternoon Plenary and evening keynote program. Additional costs will be the hotel (information coming soon), and the optional gourmet Festival Buffet at Dover Downs prior to the Keynote presentation. Non-ALHFAM member early-bird cost is $105.
In the works is a fabulous retreat for novices as well as experienced first person interpreters. Here are some highlights we are working on:
- On Friday afternoon, there will be FREE pre-conference tours of the Delaware Division of Cultural Affairs Collections Facility, or the Delaware Public Archives. There will be a reception, "meet and greet", and free Lantern Light tour of the historic green that evening.
- On Saturday, we will have two tracks of sessions in the morning: Novice and Advanced. Topics will include Getting Started; Business 101 for the independent; and All In, a comprehensive overview of the planning, challenges and successes of First Person Interpretation.
- Both tracks join in for lunch and the plenary sessions in the afternoon, creating a junior interpretive program at an historic site, and Adverse Reaction Management Plan (this will cover those very difficult interactions and topics that face interpreters across the spectrum.
- We are very excited to bring in the American Antiquarian Society's first person presentation Isaiah Thomas: Patriot Printer (1749-1831) as the Keynote program, to top off our dinner event at Dover Downs. We will experience the program and then get to talk to the interpreter, Neil Gustafson, as well as the writer/director of the work, Jim Moran.
- On Sunday it will be your chance to strut your stuff, with two concurrent sessions, for Novice and Advanced, where we can experience each others work and give feedback and support.
- The retreat will finish with a solid 90-minute round table to share, ask questions and get inspiration.
Session leaders / presenters confirmed so far are:
- Gloria Henry, Vertie Lee, John Dickinson Plantation
- Tom Kellher, Old Sturbridge Village
- Ron Carnegie, Colonial Williamsburg
- Kandie Carle, Gillette Castle State Park
- Colin Adams-Toomey, First State Heritage Park
- Neil Gustafson & Jim Moran, American Antiquarian Society
- Maddie Biehl, Strawberry Banke
Please contact Kandie Carle at Kelrac@comcast.net with questions.