Monday, October 21, 2019
8:30 am to 11:30 am Eastern Time
Southeastern Museums Conference
- Charleston, SC
Engaging Descendant Communities in the Interpretation of Slavery at Museums and Historic Sites: A Rubric of Best Practices Established by the National Summit on Teaching Slavery
One Good Thing (OGT) is a series of face-to-face professional development opportunities for museum educators. Through these gatherings participants learn about next practices for designing and implementing museum education-related programs. OGT is supported by AAM’s Education Committee (EdCom) and developed by Regional Representatives, who are museum educators that volunteer for EdCom.
The workshop is based on findings and content developed during “The National Summit on Teaching Slavery,” which took place at James Madison’s Montpelier in Virginia in early 2018. The summit, which was presented in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, was the first time descendent community advocates and national thought leaders from academia, museums, and public history organizations gathered to discuss and formulate methodology for teaching America’s history of slavery and its ongoing effects. The goal was to begin the development of new guidelines that would equip historic and cultural institutions with a set of best practices to create content and teach about slavery and its enduring impact by engaging descendant communities. Out of these discussions and debates, a rubric was produced to serve as a guide for presenting the history of slavery.