|Peter Miller Biography Card|
For the past few weeks, as I mentioned in my last post, I have been working on my individual project. I have asked some of the fellow guides to read through my biographies of various Brothers, Sisters, and Householders of note here at Ephrata and their feedback has been really helpful. Michael Showalter and I were able to work together to create the basic format that these biographies will be in. Each person will have their biography printed on an enlarged trading card shaped sheet and the individual’s information would be on either side of the card. Also included on the card is a Where To Go Next section that will direct guests to locations they can visit on the site that have some connection to the person they are reading about on the card. The ultimate goal for the cards is to have them on display in the Visitor’s Center and allowing the guests to choose an individual’s card from the stacks that they can take home with them. It was also brainstormed to have the cards on sale in the Museum Store so guests would be able to complete the set of biography cards to take home with them. I hope my finished project can be a tool for the guests, especially for children, to more deeply connect with the people that lived here at Ephrata and to understand the life experiences that brought them to live in this community.
|Inside the Peter Miller Biography Card|
Other than the project, I am continuing with tour guiding and interpretation in the Weaver’s House. In the past week I have really noticed a lot of interest in history coming from some of the youth that are on my tours. Also I was able to shadow a Discovery Tour for a group of children that was run by fellow tour guides. It was interesting to see the different way in which history is taught to children versus adults. But again like on my tours, I noticed some kids who seemed interested in the history of Ephrata as well as history in general. This thrills me because I think it’s great when kids get excited about history because I know at a young age it always fascinated me. This might mean some more history majors in the future and I’m all for that!