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Beyond the House Museum: Case Studies in Innovative Historic Site Interpretation

As part of her 2023 summer internship with Groundwork Planning & Preservation, Ettienne LeFebre researched and wrote a series of case studies investigating innovation in historic site interpretation. The case studies explore new technologies, advanced approaches to storytelling, community engagement, and multi-sensory experiential learning. The series will appear on the Groundwork blog over the next few months, so be sure to check back to read all 8 case studies, which range from an Inuit cultural site in Alaska, to a battlefield in Scotland, to a historic inn and farm in New Mexico, and more.

Ettienne LeFebre is currently completing her Master’s degree in Public History at Sacramento State University, with a focus in historic preservation and cultural resources management. Her research centers around the diversification of historic resources, increasing public interest and engagement at historic sites, and the preservation of intangible heritage. She specializes in California and Southwestern U.S. history, and aims to preserve historic resources related to the complex and diverse histories of these regions for the benefit of contemporary communities. In her free time she enjoys hiking along the American River, reading, creative writing, and exploring Sacramento’s incredible food scene.

Contributions and oversight for the series were made by Groundwork’s founder Gretchen Hilyard Boyce.

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