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Interpretive Development Program


Welcome to the National Park Service’s Interpretive Development Program website. This site is designed to aid all interpreters, no matter who you work for or where you are in your career, with your on-going professional growth and development. The profession of interpretation is continuously evolving and this site will help you keep track of the trends and developments in interpretation.

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31 Mar 2015 5:30 pm

A few months ago I was asked to join the Selma to Montgomery NHT for the park's 50th Anniversary. My role would be to interpret this site's meanings using civic engagement through facilitated dialogue. I was honored to participate. SEMO received unbelievable support and was given an opportunity to immerse the young and old in a Walking Classroom. The goal was to follow the same foot steps as the foot soldiers who embarked in a journey in 1965 that started in Selma and ended by walking 54 miles to Montgomery, AL. In addition, participants were challenged to think about their lives and the greater community regarding voting rights and other civil rights. A call to action was announced and hundreds answered, many came with their...

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