On October 18th, Joseph Obidzinzki will lead a workshop on Historic Site and Museum Interpretation.
Joseph Obidzinski is a well versed member of the museum and historic community. Joseph obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University, where he majored in History. After Joe completed his undergraduate studies, he began a three-year association with the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park in Virginia. First as an intern, and then as a seasonal historian, he worked on developing and delivering various historic programs throughout the park. During Joseph’s first year there, he applied and was accepted to West Virginia University’s graduate history program. While at WVU, Joseph completed his Master’s Degree in American History with dual emphases in Public History and Civil War Era Studies.
For two years Joseph served as the Americorps Service Member at Jackson’s Mill. While there he developed new educational and interpretive programs, updated much of the interpretation at the site, and began to formalize a volunteer program for the site. I also served as the miller there for a number of seasons, operating the 1790s water-powered gristmill on-site. Prior to joining PAWV, in the fall of 2014, he worked for a season at Jackson’s Mill as a seasonal historian.
Joseph believes that it is our duty to preserve, interpret, and teach the past, no matter how difficult or uncomfortable the subject matter may be. It is his contention that this is best done when people can connect with that past in tangible ways, such as sites, structures, artifacts, and experiences.
Join an experienced history professional and educator to expand your interpretation skills. Learn how to engage visitors, researchers, tourists, and audiences of all backgrounds. The workshop will be divided into two components. The first half will feature a discussion and lecture, and the second will take place in the field, where attendees can practice and see demonstrations of interpretative techniques.
Lunch will be provided. Register using the following link:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/interpretation-basics-tickets-50805118477?aff=efbeventtix