Judith Monachina

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New Dates: Become a certified museum or historic house tour guide –non-credit course at BCC

Note date change:  2/12 to 4/9 are the program dates Berkshire Community College Workforce Development Non?credit Course Become a Certified Museum or Historic House Guide Saturday, February 12 to April 9, 2011 (exact dates TBA), 10 am to noon Fee $79 (to be confirmed) Have you always wanted to work or volunteer as a guide in a museum or historic site? Or, are you a seasoned guide who would like to deepen your knowledge and understanding of interpretive practices? This course is designed to develop and refine the skills you need to lead guided group tours, interpret collections and historic sites, and offer high quality visitor experiences. Topics covered include defining the visitor experience, customer service, knowing your audience, presentation skills, group management, and more. Upon the successful completion of this course, you will have the skills and confidence needed to work a cultural organization in the Berkshires and beyond. In addition to weekly instruction, each session includes “mini” oral presentations to build your public speaking proficiency and discussion of current standards, research, and trends. A background in art, history, or teaching is not required, just an interest in working with the public, an open?mind and a willingness to learn. Session 1:  Understanding the Visitor Experience Expectations, needs, rights, leisure preferences, definitions, research, trends, when does the visitor experience begin, what role does the guide/interpreter play in the visitor experience Session 2:   What is a Guide/Interpreter? Roles and Responsibilities Interpreter/Guide/Docent – same? different? roles and responsibilities, guided tours defined, interpretation defined, what to expect, working with the public, attitude, flexibility, open?mindedness, listening and speaking skills Session 3:  Know Your Audience Habits, needs, expectations, interests, different types of visitors and learners, teachable moments, dealing with conflicts, difficult visitors, and “experts”, pacing/tone/language, reading your visitor Session 4:  Balancing Visitor Needs and Your Knowledge: The Tipping Point Know your subject, how to avoid being overwhelmed, interpretation vs information, reading, context, filtering, conversation and discussions vs talking head, “I don’t know” – being a new guide Session 5:  Storytelling & Performance – “Making it Stick” Crafting an interesting story to tell, what visitors are interested in and remember, use of …

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History Alliance to host two day conference

History Alliance to offer Save Your Collections,  March 2 & 9 Mark your calendars: Southern Berkshire location to be announced Program for historical societies, small museums and related organizations The History Alliance will host a two-day primer for small museums and local history organizations on two consecutive Wednesdays, March 2 and 9, from 9:30 to …

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GB Historical on WSBS

Great Barrington is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year with events throughout 2011. The first event  pertains to Revolutionary War hero General Henry Knox and the Knox Trail which runs from Ticonderoga NY through Great Barrington to Boston. As part of the event, Gary Leveille of GB Historical wrote and recorded a group of Henry …

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See Housatonic Heritage site for Berkshire history related events

Housatonic Heritage maintains an events page on their site, which currently includes Arrowhead’s holiday candlelight tours, Mass MoCA’s Deedle Deedle Dees, the educational rock band, and other Berkshire events of interest to history lovers.   Keep us posted about your events, and we will post them there! http://www.housatonicheritage.org

W.E.B. Dubois: A Life Examined, course offered in Gt. Barrington

W.E.B. Du Bois: A Life Examined taught by Du Bois scholar Dr. Homer (Skip) Meade is a four-part course exploring the many contributions made by this scholar, sociologist, environmentalist, human rights advocate, visionary and writer. Dr. Meade, with the assistance of the University of  Massachusetts Special Collections staff, will guide participants through a reading of …

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Free Teaching History Workshop for K-12 History Teachers

Free Workshop for K-12 History Teachers The National History Education Clearinghouse is offering their TeachingHistory.org workshop on Saturday, January 8th at the Marriott Boston Copley Place during the American Historical Association’s Annual Conference in Boston. Register for this free workshop by emailing outreach1@teachinghistory.org. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Rosenfeld at jrosenf2@gmu.edu.

Scholar in Residence funding at Mass Humanites, deadline

Scholar in Residence funding Looking for $3,000 to fund a scholar to conduct research in your organization’s collections? Need background research to better inform your programs and exhibits? Then apply for the 2011 Scholar in Residence grant! You must contact Patty Bruttomesso, Local History Coordinator atlocalhistory@masshumanities.org no later than January 1st to discuss your proposed …

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Architectural Plans workshop in Boston

The Massachusetts Archives will be offering an Architectural Plans workshop on Tuesday, February 8, 2011, at 9:00 AM.  The workshop will cover the depth and breadth of the Archives collection of over 60,000 architectural plans. Archives staff will discuss the types of plans researchers are likely to find in the Archives, the kinds of information …

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Connecticut League of History Orgs: Awards of Merit

2011 Awards of Merit Call for Applications Do you know an organization or an individual in the history field that deserves recognition? Applications are now being accepted for the annual Awards of Merit. Awards categories include: * Project * Publication * Educational Program * Individual Achievement Deadline All applications must be postmarked by January 15, …

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Grant Writing workshop follow up

Web project assistance/ support and a consortium approach to working on projects are among the needs of local history related organizations, according to a survey of participants in the recent Fundraising/Effective Grant Writing workshop hosted by the History Alliance. Of the 24 participants in the workshop, which was held at the Lee Library on Dec. …

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