Thoughts on Museums and Heritage Experiences
We recently caught a south wind. Barbara, one half of North Wind Heritage Consulting, has accepted a position as Director of the Kauri Museum in New Zealand/Aotearoa. The museum is an exciting one, having started a transition from a traditional settlers’ museum to one that focuses on the amazing story of New Zealand’s indigenous KauriContinue reading “News: Barbara takes a new job”
Don’t have time for a whole hour of history? Based on some specific requests, we have added two more 30 minute presentations to our menu. I suspect these will just whet your whistle for a longer talk, but sometimes you just need a few good stories! TOSS ‘EM INTO THE RIVER: Vigilantes in 19th CenturyContinue reading “30 minute exciting presentations for when you’ve only got a brief slot to fill”
The Indigenous Peoples Experience at Fort Edmonton Park is everything I want it to be. More to the point, it is everything that the park’s Indigenous partners want it to be. In November I was lucky enough to visit the IPE on a winter Saturday with my father, brother, and friends. A heated streetcar droveContinue reading “Review: Fort Edmonton Park’s Indigenous People Experience”
We’re very happy to announce a few new historical presentations available. A TALE OF TWO VANCOUVERS: 1846, BC, Washington, Oregon and the West That Wasn’t. Length: 1 hour.Recommended audience: 3-30 personsDelivered via: Zoom; Google Meets. Where does British Columbia’s name come from? How was Washington state nearly part of Confederation? What is the connection between one of Canada’s greatest blues-rock bands, anContinue reading “Two new historical presentations”
North Wind co-founder Tom Long has a new article up for the Edmonton City as Museum Project. Click here for a full length article on Louise Umphreville, Edmonton’s forgotten Métis matriarch. If you are interested, check out our web-based presentation on Louise as an excellent accompaniment. In person, Tom tells the stories he has been givenContinue reading “Edmonton City as Museum Project: New article on Louise Umphreville”
Thanks to specific requests from museums and organizations, North Wind has created two more webinars. One is for those new interpreters, staff or volunteers just starting out and needing the introduction to interpretation that we all wish we had (judging by how many of us happily dive into the deep end armed with nothing butContinue reading “Two more interpretive training modules!”
We just enjoy the virtual medium so much, we can’t stop. Check out our training page, for two new interpretive training modules. THE INTERPRETER’S TOOLBOX: Tours, Demonstrations, Conversations and When to Use Them Length: 1 hour. Recommended audience: 3-10 persons Delivered via: Zoom, Google Meets. To a tour guide, everyone looks like an audience withContinue reading “Two new interpretive training modules!”
Tom is joining a panel to discuss the heritage value of the North Saskatchewan River. North Wind feels honoured to join people we’ve looked up to for a long time, Paula Simons and Billie Milholland. Look forward to a story about the North Saskatchewan as the crossroads of the continent, and John Rowand’s race toContinue reading “Upcoming appearance: North Saskatchewan Heritage River Panel, April 7”
More training tools for interpreters that go beyond a dry text-heavy document. Find the other Intrepre-Memes here. This is one is one of my favourites, even if it comes from the author of “White Man’s Burden”. The next was a recent discovery while reading Tolkien’s Letters. It is, I will admit, written a very OxfordContinue reading “Interpre-Memes, Pt 2”
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