Who is Freeman Tilden?
And Why Should I Care?
After retiring from the Michigan Historical Museum, I taught three courses in the Central Michigan University's Museum Studies program. During each of the eight years I taught, I took classes to the 25,000 square foot A.B.Dow Home and Studio in Midland, Michigan. Dow was a student of Frank Lloyd Wright and his home/studio reveals wonderful architectural events for visitors to experience. During each tour, I always took a photo of each class on moat's stone steps and around the two-tiered coffee table (Dow's architectural plans were always on top table, while his clients coffee cups safely rested on bottom table.)
During those eight years of teaching at CMU I always managed to bring Freemen Tilden's Interpreting Our Heritage into the class syllabus. There are many excellent modern text books relating to the philosophy of interpretation, but only one that has stood the test of time like Tilden's. In 2007 a 50th anniversary edition of this slim volume of essays was published by the University of North Carolina Press.
I worked as a professional in sales, administration, museum exhibit development and education. I sincerely believe Tilden's six principles are still relevant to communication in this social media era
Below are Tilden's Six Interpretive Principles:
TO BE CONTINUED...
Tilden’s Six Interpretive Principles