My name is Susan Ferentinos, and I believe that an understanding of the past is essential for building a rich and responsible future. Toward that end, my work combines the best historical practices with a commitment to relevance and connection. This vision has led me to a variety of efforts, such as collaborating with the National Park Service on over a hundred cultural resource and interpretive projects, writing a book on interpreting LGBT history, giving public presentations and tours of local historic sites, curating exhibits, working in libraries and archives, and advocating for a larger understanding within the historical profession of the potential of our work. While my experience has been wide and varied, the belief behind it has stayed the same: History has the power to change the present world.
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Featured Project: Interpreting LGBT History
With the explosion of coverage on the civil rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Americans, some may well feel that this community has sprung up out of nowhere, forcing itself on the consciousness of a nation that has long operated under the assumption that people with such tendencies were happy to reside on the margins of society. Of course, history teaches us otherwise, and an accurate telling of the past can build a bridge of understanding between contemporary debates and the historical context needed to understand them.
In December 2014, my book Interpreting LGBT History at Museums and Historic Sites was published by Rowman & Littlefield publishing group. Working off the premise that historical context is essential for understanding contemporary realities, this book offers museum professionals advice and practical examples for planning informed and engaged interpretive programming on this topic. Learn more.