We will facilitate a roundtable discussion about strategies for meeting the challenges of interpreting controversial sites and collaborating with diverse partners and communities. During this session, participants will learn approaches to make meaningful connections between personal and community histories to inform design and strengthen community relations.
The presenters represent Native American, African American, and Japanese American places. Iyekiyapiwin Darlene St. Clair will provide insights into native concerns and opportunities in interpreting and preserving significant Dakota places. Lisa Tabor, Founder & President of CultureBrokers® LLC, will discuss community engagement initiatives and cultural relations on controversial sites in the Twin Cities. Regine Kennedy, planner at the 106 Group, wrote the interpretive plan and designed exhibits for the Rohwer Japanese American Internment Camp at Rohwer, Arkansas. She will discuss the challenges of interpreting controversial events and places that have been hiding in plain sight for years; including how personal experiences can allow communities- local and global- to come to terms with their past and share their experiences with others. The common experience among all the case studies is collaboration and synergy, which reflects the Dakota idea Mitakuye Oyasin (We are all related).
Come and participate in this roundtable session, Interpreting & Planning Places with Challenging Histories & Difficult Memories, on Thursday September 18th at 8:30am at the 2014 AASLH Annual Meeting. Make sure you stop by our booth too! We look forward to visiting with you.