Creating Historical Consciousness: A Case Study Exploring Museum Theater
Craig, Ann Sorensen
This master’s project asserts that there is a gap between academic and public interpretations of history and that historical museums have the opportunity and the responsibility to help narrow this gap by presenting more complete and complex historical narratives. This case study describes how museum theater was developed and implemented to enhance the historical exhibit, Spirit of the West, at High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon. Through the innovative use of volunteers, High Desert Museum was able to create a trained and dedicated corps of performers to portray historical characters. This study explores the process and results of the museum’s strategies.