Rowman & Littlefield Publishers / AASLH
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978-1-5381-0069-1 • Hardback • September 2021 • $82.00 • (£63.00)
978-1-5381-0070-7 • Paperback • September 2021 • $37.00 • (£28.00)
978-1-5381-0071-4 • eBook • September 2021 • $33.00 • (£25.00)
Kristin L. Gallas has worked in museums for nearly 30 years. She facilitates workshops for museums and historic sites on developing comprehensive and conscientious interpretation of slavery and speaks regularly at public history and museum conferences.
Gallas is the coeditor of Interpreting Slavery at Museums and Historic Sites (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015), among other publications on best practices in the interpretation of slavery. Kristin holds a master’s degree in museum education from George Washington University. She led the education departments at the Montana Historical Society and the USS Constitution Museum and is currently the project manager for education development at the Tsongas Industrial History Center.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 – Race, Identity, and Historical Trauma
Chapter 2 – (Re)Defining a Successful Experience
Chapter 3 – Creating a Brave Space
Chapter 4 – What is Age-Appropriate?
Chapter 5 – Fostering Empathy
Chapter 6 – Engagement Techniques
Chapter 7 – Dialogue Techniques
Chapter 8 – Staff Training and Support
Chapter 9 – Teacher Engagement
About the Author
Museum educators should sharpen their pencils and stock up on highlighters and sticky notes before opening the pages of this book. It invites reflection, guides preparation, and offers practical ways to approach the hard history of American slavery. Kristen L. Gallas challenges museums and historical sites to move beyond the building and collections, to embrace their role in our national reckoning over our history of racial oppression, and to champion public history as a means of reconciliation and healing. Programming that confronts race and slavery truthfully, intentionally and with compassion, will teach students visiting historic sites a lasting lesson.— Maureen Costello, executive director, Center for Antiracist Education, Stand for Children Leadership Center
Interpreting Slavery with Children and Teens at Museums and Historic Sites is an essential guide for those who are on an active journey to positively impact how we acknowledge, interpret, and engage with the history of enslavement and its contemporary legacies.— Dina A. Bailey, CEO, Mountain Top Vision