2017 Conference: Workshops


June 14th, 2017: Workshop Day 

On June 14th, 2017, conference attendees and local public history professionals and scholars will have the option to register for half-day or full-day interactive workshops relevant to major public history themes and issues. Workshops are included in Conference Registration costs, but will be limited to 30 participants per session. Sign-up for workshops is available on the Registration website, and an additional lunch fee will be required ($15). Transportation will be provided.

Registration for Workshops available here. Please complete Conference Registration first.


Workshop Option 1: “Giving Voice to Long-Silenced Millions: Interpreting Slavery at Historic Sites,” 9 am-5 pm
Led by: Kristin Gallas, Author of Interpreting Slavery at Museums and Historic Sites

Workshop Option 2: “Facilitated Dialogue on Social Justice and Public History,” 9am-5 pm
Led by: Braden Paynter, The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience

Workshop Option 3: “Historical Documentation and the African American Experience,” 9 am-12 pm
Led by: Miranda Mims and Steven G. Fullwood

Please see below for workshop details.

Workshop Option 1: “Giving Voice to Long-Silenced Millions: Interpreting Slavery at Historic Sites”
Led by: Kristin Gallas, Author of Interpreting Slavery at Museums and Historic Sites

Time: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Location: Charleston Museum and Aiken Rhett House Museum
Capacity: 30 participants

Description: The Aiken Rhett House Museum’s historic structures in downtown Charleston serve as a learning laboratory for participants to explore how to create a comprehensive and conscientious interpretation of slavery. Based on the book Interpreting Slavery at Museums and Historic Sites, this workshop helps public history professionals grow not only in knowledge, but also in skill and sensitivity, as they interpret slavery. Interpreting Slavery author Kristin Gallas will share best practices for connecting to and extending your site’s interpretation of its history of slavery; training to help staff achieve a greater understanding of difficult knowledge and navigate complicated emotions.

The workshop will provide participants with key tools and techniques for understanding their own process of learning and acceptance related to interpreting slavery, handling controversy, and promoting awareness. Additionally, attendees learn how to help their colleagues work through their concerns about sensitive issues of race and slavery. The workshop also covers how and why visitors respond to receiving new information on the history of slavery, and attendees gain specific skills to help audiences to a greater awareness of, and ability to sensitively engage with, the history of slavery, as well as tools for evaluating their own performance. The first part of the workshop will meet at the Charleston Museum, and a portion of the afternoon will be spent at the Aiken Rhett House Museum.

Kristin Gallas led the Tracing Center of Histories and Legacies of Slavery‘s public history work since its founding in 2009, and also oversaw the design of workshops for teachers and other professionals in education. Today, Gallas facilitates workshops for public history professionals, and speaks regularly at public history conferences, museums, and historic sites. She is the co-editor of Interpreting Slavery at Museums and Historic Sites (Rowman & Littlefield, January 2015), among other publications on best practices in the interpretation of slavery. She is also the co-author of the forthcoming Interpreting Slavery with Children and Teens (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018). Gallas holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary history education from the University of Vermont and a master of arts in museum education from George Washington University. She has led the education and interpretation departments at the Montana Historical Society, the USS Constitution Museum, and the Tsongas Industrial History Center. Gallas has also developed programs for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Shelburne Museum; created interpretative training for Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site and the Maine State Museum; and consulted with Martha’s Vineyard Museum and George Washington’s Mount Vernon on exhibit development.

Workshop Option 2: “Facilitated Dialogue on Social Justice and Public History”
Led by: Braden Paynter, The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience

Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Capacity: 30 participants

Location: Clemson Design Center at Cigar Factory

Description: For more than fifteen years, the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience has helped museums, historic sites, and other public spaces become dynamic new centers for community engagement through personalized training grounded in the work of thought leaders, educators, human rights advocates and our 200 member sites around the world. This workshop will build participants’ ability to engage visitors on the pressing, contemporary issues raised by their content. Participants will be able to ask questions that draw on the lived experience of their audience to enrich their programs, create opportunities for meaningful exchange, and approach conflict with confidence. Drawing on the fields of Museums, Dialogue, and Transitional Justice, participants will have new frameworks for transforming their sites to places where memory becomes action.

Braden Paynter is the Associate for Methodology and Practice of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience where he works to share best practices among Coalition members and with the field at large. He leads the Coalition’s global Conscience Conversations program, connecting members around the world to discuss their most challenging topics. Paynter’s past work has focused on using public education spaces to connect people to each other and the world around them. He has worked with historic homes, museums, parks, and a zoo to make their programming and exhibits more challenging, open, and indispensable to their communities. Before joining the Coalition, Braden worked with the National Park Service in internal professional development and at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site overseeing the site’s public, education, and professional development programs, web and social media, and exhibits. Braden was also the Exhibit Developer at Old Sturbridge Village. He has his Masters in Museum Studies from George Washington University.

Workshop Option 3: “Historical Documentation and the African American Experience”
Led by: Miranda Mims and Steven G. Fullwood

Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Location: Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture
Capacity: 30 participants

Description: Archivists Steven G. Fullwood and Miranda Mims will facilitate the workshop, Historical Documentation and the African American Experience, which will focus on the various ways underrepresented histories get collected and promoted, culminating in a discussion on uncovering and highlighting African American histories at local and state archival institutions. The aim of this half-day workshop is to explore ways to make these valuable histories more accessible to a wider public.

Miranda Mims is an Archivist in the Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books Division, at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library. Previously, she worked in the Library for the Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literature and its Institute of Christian Oriental Research (ICOR), at Catholic University, where she also received her MILS.  Ms. Mims also holds a Master’s from Howard University in African Studies and International Relations. She currently serves as the Director for the Advocacy Committee of the Archivists Round Table of New York (A.R.T.) and is the Junior Co-Chair for the Security Section of the Society of American Archivists (SAA).

Steven G. Fullwood: is the former Associate Curator of the Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library. Mr. Fullwood obtained his MLS from Clark Atlanta University and has worked at the Robert W. Woodruff Library in the Archives and Special Collections, and the Auburn Avenue Research Center on African-American Culture and History, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library. In 1998 he was hired as an archivist at the Schomburg, and in 2013, he was promoted to head the Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division. Mr. Fullwood is also the founder of the In the Life Archive (ITLA), an initiative to collect, preserve, catalog and make available to the public materials produced by and about LGBTQ people of African descent (also at the Schomburg Center.) He is the recipient of numerous awards for his work in the field of archive including the 2005 New York Times Librarian Award.