Our professional development workshops deepen staff knowledge about the complex history and legacy of slavery and develop skills and best practices for a balanced, sensitive interpretation of slavery.  We share best practices for connecting to and extending your site’s interpretation of its history of slavery, as well as training to help staff achieve a greater understanding of difficult knowledge and complicated emotions.

Our clients include:

  • Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park
  • Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area
  • George Mason’s Gunston Hall
  • Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum
  • Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home
  • Historic Philadelphia
  • Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
  • Maine State Museum
  • Preservation Kentucky
  • Putnam History Museum
  • Royall House and Slave Quarters
  • Sully Historic Site
  • The Pew Trust
  • The Trustees of Reservations
  • Whitney Plantation

We have also offered conference-organized workshops at:

  • Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage
  • Aiken-Rhett House
  • Colonial Williamsburg
  • Fort Ticonderoga
  • Historic Hudson Valley
  • Locust Grove

“The workshop challenged me to think more concertedly about the issues of race and slavery. [It] came alive in a way I would have never expected it to.”

– Workshop Participant

The workshop “was very helpful in terms of preparation for interaction with visitors, and provided research-based strategies, lots of examples and opportunities for practice. Also helped me set a broad context for our exhibit and the many ‘connections’ that visitors may make, some positive, some not so much.”

– Workshop Participant

In addition to offering workshops, we also offer consultations with museums and historic sites.  We can help uncover your site’s connections to the nation’s broad involvement in slavery, and develop a comprehensive and conscientious interpretation of slavery.