Spring Mill Pioneer Village: Examining the Multiple Contestations of Representation and Communication of History

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Abstract

Spring Mill Pioneer Village illustrates the problems inherent to most heritage sites. Much is known about the history of the original village, yet there remains a strong disagreement among interpreters and park administration as to the time period the village should portray and the degree of place specificity versus generality. While time and place representations can be more concrete through visual materials (signage, brochures), sites that have interpreters, or actors, add another dimension to the experience. This research presents some of the ways in which site agents contest representations of history and the implications this may have for tourist experience.

 

Spring Mill Pioneer Village: Examining the Multiple Contestations of Representation and Communication of History

Spring Mill Pioneer Village illustrates the problems inherent to most heritage sites. Much is known about the history of the original village, yet there remains a strong disagreement among interpreters and park administration as to the time period the village should portray and the degree of place specificity versus generality. While time and place representations can be more concrete through visual materials (signage, brochures), sites that have interpreters, or actors, add another dimension to the experience. This research presents some of the ways in which site agents contest representations of history and the implications this may have for tourist experience.