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Retreat February 21-23, 2014 Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Williamsburg, Virginia Friday, February 21
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Registration and Welcome Reception Place: TBA Come by to pick up your registration packets and mingle with your fellow attendees. Light hors d’ oeurves and beverages will be served.
Saturday, February 22
8:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Registration Bruton Heights School Bruton Heights Education Complex 301 First Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185 Room number will be posted in lobby 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Welcome, Housekeeping and Opening Remarks
10:00-11:00 a.m. Session 1: Alena & Stephen Shellenbean Level: Everyone Description: There are hundreds of skills we use every day while we are preparing and while we are in character, including the skills of the historian, the educator the actor, and more. Do you have your favorites? Are you looking to increase your skills? Maybe you’ ve been doing this without a good idea of what it is you are actually doing. Stephen and Alena Shellenbean will lead an activity and follow it up with a group discussion. Every attendee will leave with a new appreciation of what they already know and what they have still to learn (yes, everyone.) Session 2: Myth Magic Kandie Carle, K & C Entreprises Level: Everyone How they do hold on! Using historian Mary Theobald's book, Death by Petticoat: American History Myths Debunked as a launching point, let's get together and discuss the most prevalent myths with which we are faced, and how to and how NOT to address them.
11:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Break 11:30-12:30 p.m. Session 1: What’ s in Your Toolkit? PART 2 Session 2: In the Moment: Colonial Williamsburg’ s New Approach for Mixing First- and Thirdperson Interpretation Kimberly Costa, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Level: Everyone In order to promote visitor interaction, answer questions and reduce confusion, Colonial Williamsburg introduced the concept of In the Moment interpretation in 2013. This technique allows interpreters to be a “Person of the Past,” but gives them the ability to answer any modern questions a visitor might pose. This session will give the basics needed to seamlessly flow from first- to third-person and back again. This is a great session for vendors, sutlers, small museums with limited staff, independent contractors and those wishing to dip their toes into the first-person pool.
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Box Lunch – If you are a vegetarian/vegan please let us know on your registration form.
1:45p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Session 1: Transitions from Third- to First-Person: Lessons from Nova Scotia Highland Village – Part 1 Peter Pacey, Nova Scotia Highland Village Level: Everyone Nova Scotia Highland Village has a mandate to tell the story of the Gaels in New Scotland and to promote the preservation of the Gaelic language and culture. Based on studies and sound decisionmaking, NSHV resolved to transition from third-person interpretation to first-person interpretation in 2010. For the past three years, Peter Pacey has been leading staff through a comprehensive program designed to enable them to bring the site to life using characters, stories and folklore. Pacey based his work on Stacy Roth’ s Past into Present and his own experience of three decades in the field. This presentation will provide an overview of the process and will highlight lessons learned especially as it relates to fulfilling visitor expectations and the use of folklore. Session 2: The Soap Box: Persuading with a Passionate Performance Kimberly Costa and Ronald S. Carnegie, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation First-person interpreters are often asked to present or promote difficult, unfamiliar and foreign ideas to their visitors and often asked to sell them an idea, just like a used car. But what if you don’ t believe in the ideas or sometimes don’ t even understand the views you are asked to promote? Using an improvisational exercise, participants will learn to use their passions to persuade visitors to fall in line with their point of view! 2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Break 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Session 1: Transitions from Third- to First-Person: Lessons from Nova Scotia Highland Village – Part 2 Session 2: Interpreting American Icons Ronald S. Carnegie, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Level: Everyone Explore the pitfalls and hazards of accurately portraying beloved historical icons and challenging the visitor’ s cherished myths and fond folktales. 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Explore Colonial Williamsburg’ s Historic Area on your own and get ready for tonight’ s First-Person Dinner.
Saturday Evening First-Person Dinner at Shield’ s Tavern Duke of Gloucester Street (East End) Colonial Williamsburg 7:30 p.m.
Period clothing is suggested, but is not required Parking is available in the Tavern parking lots located on Francis Street, across the street from the Tavern.
Soup of the Day or Mr. Shields’ s Favourite Salet of Seasonal Greens with Grape Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and English Malt Vinaigrette Barnyard Chicken Roasted on a Spit Cook’ s Potatoes and Vegetables with Tomato-Caper Butter Sauce Fruit Cobbler with Custard Sauce Choice of Fountain Beverage, Coffee, or Tea Beer, Wine and Mixed Drinks available on your own NOTE: If you require a vegetarian or vegan meal, please indicate this on your registration form so that we can make the appropriate arrangements.
Sunday, February 23
9:00 a.m. Good Morning and Housekeeping 9:15-10:15 a.m. Session 1: Wearing original garments: When To, When Not To, and Why I Do Kandie Carle, K & C Enterprises Level: Everyone There are appropriate and, then again, NOT so appropriate times to wear original garments. In this PowerPoint presentation and discussion, Kandie Carle will go over her “Do’ s and Don'ts” on the use of extant garments and accessories during interpretive presentations. Session 2: Props, Demo’ s and Disasters, OH MY! – Part 1 Melissa Blank, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Level: Beginner/Intermediate Anyone who has heard of Dorothy’ s Adventures in Oz will know that no matter how well you plan ahead there will always be an unexpected problem or mistake that could potentially derail your first-person program. Often times, this is a result of the props being used in a program or demonstration. Through this interactive session, participants will discuss and participate in mock programs to develop skills to quickly improvise their way through an unexpected “witch” moment! (Don’ t forget your buckets of water!) 10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45-11:45 a.m. Session 1: Props, Demo’ s and Disasters, OH MY! – Part 2
Session 2: Get Real Alena & Steven Shellenbean, Autumn Tree Productions and Living History Podcast Level: Everyone A great way to connect with your audience and bring history to life is to portray the less-savory aspects of human beings. Stephen and Alena Shellenbean will lead a discussion about using personality types and conflict, the delights and the downfalls. We’ ll talk about humor, politics, uncomfortable emotions, even stereotypes. What is your favorite foible? 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Session: Round Table Discussion All Presenters Level:Everyone Join in a roundtable discussion with the various presenters on first-person topics. 1:00 p.m. Retreat Concludes: Thanks for Being a Part of It!
Your registration fee includes all breaks, lunch, and dinner on Saturday evening, Feb. 22nd. REGISTRATION FEE: $90 PayPal Fee: $5 in addition to your registration fee. Hotel information will be sent with your invoice.
NOTE: DO NOT SEND PAYMENT NOW. AFTER WE RECEIVE YOUR REGISTRATION FORM, AN INVOICE WILL BE SENT TO YOU. SEE REGISTRATION FORM FOR DETAILS.
REGISTRATION FORM ALHFAM/ FPIPN th 4 Bi-Annual George Chapman First-Person Memorial Retreat
February 21-23, 2014 Colonial Williamsburg Foundation; Williamsburg, Virginia
Registration Fee: $90 Registration Deadline: February 5, 2014
Name: ________________________________________________________________________ Street Address: _________________________________________________________________ City: _________________________________________________________________________ State/Province: ______________ Zip/Postal Code: ___________ Phone Number: ___________ Email Address: _________________________________________________________________ Time Period(s) Interpreted: ________________________________________________________ Level: Beginner ? Status: Independent ? Intermediate ? Professional ? Both ?
Site Interpreter ?
Site Affiliation _________________________________________________________________ Are you an ALHFAM member? Yes ? No ?
Would you like your contact information shared with other attendees? Circle one: YES NO Please list any dietary needs here: _____________________________________________
Please fill out this registration form and send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Kimberly Costa 401 East Duke of Gloucester Street, Unit E Williamsburg, VA 23185 One person per registration form, please. Form can also be “cut and pasted” into a Word document and sent as an e-mail attachment. Multiple forms may be sent in one envelope.
Once your registration form is received you will receive an invoice for payment. Do not send payment before receiving your invoice. Information on payment options will be noted on the invoice. An e-mail will be send to you upon receipt of your registration. If you do not receive this email by February 15th, please email Kimberly at the above email address. For those wishing to pay with PayPal: There will be an additional fee of $5.00 added to your invoice for a total of $95 to attend the retreat.
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