Interpretative Master Planning: A Framework for Historical Sites begins with the basics of any planning experience: why do an interpretative master plan (IMP) and is your institution ready to undergo such a process? These chapters are followed with straightforward guidance on how to go about organizing the necessary funding to pay for an IMP’s development, the core members of your planning team, choosing stakeholders, hosting focus groups, and using all the information gathered to develop an engaging interpretative master plan that is unique to your museum, historic site, or organization.
The book features five case studies highlighting organizations that have undergone the interpretative master planning process. Each case study offers a unique point of view about the process and provides the organization’s conclusions as to what they would or would not do again if they had the choice. The end results showcase the wealth of useful information that can be garnered from an Interpretative Master Planning experience.
Interpretative Master Planning: A Framework for Historical Sites offers a complete framework complemented by real-world examples for creating a blueprint that will strengthen any organization’s interpretation.
Elizabeth Nosek holds degrees in cultural anthropology from Hamline University and history museum studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program. For over 30 years, she has worked in museum education/interpretation for local historical societies, natural history museums, the National Park Service, living history museums, children’s museums, art museums, and galleries all over the country. Whether it was discussing Thompsonian medicine in Old Sturbridge Village’s medicinal garden, developing interpretive site manuals for both the Littleton History Museum and Lakewood’s Heritage Center in Colorado, or creating a long-range education plan for the Mission Houses Museum in Honolulu, Nosek has been on the front lines. She used her intrinsic knowledge to author several articles on guest service and museum education for the Docent Educator and ALHFAM Bulletin and has taught museum education at St. Mary’s college. Her most recent experience of shepherding her institution’s interpretive master plan through from start to finish is the inspiration for this book.
Chapter 1 - Just What is Interpretation?
Chapter 2 - Are We Ready to Create an Interpretive Master Plan?
Chapter 3 - How Do We Do a Self Study?
Chapter 4 - How Do We Form Our Planning Team?
Chapter 5 - What Are the Best Ways to Facilitating Focus Groups?
Chapter 6 - How Do We Define Our Interpretive Themes?
Chapter 7 - How Do We Pull It All Together?
Chapter 8 - How Do We Implement the Master Plan?
Appendix Five Interpretative Master Plan Case Studies
Appendix 1: Introduction to Case Studies
Appendix 2: House of Seven Gables
Appendix 3: Silos & Smokestacks
Appendix 4: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
Appendix 5: Old Sturbridge Village
Appendix 6: Iolani Palace
About the Author
This book uncovers the mysteries of Interpretive Master Planning (IMP), clarifying how it differs from other core museum planning documents. Nosek takes the reader step by step through the process, reducing the complexities along the way. Enlightening case studies underscore the variations of IMP in real-world practice.
Interpretative Master Planning: A Framework for Historical Sites is an accessible guide, providing step-by-step directions for creating your own interpretative plan. Elizabeth Nosek systematically explores the elements of a quality interpretive master plan, and adeptly makes the case for why you need one. Nosek takes you through the themes that will organize your institutions story, then helps you to actually write your plan! This book is a must read for anyone embarking on the task of creating, updating or rewriting their interpretive plan.