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The Landing: Changes Through Time

The Minnesota River Valley has attracted people to live and work along its banks for thousands of years. Archaeological evidence from The Landing-Minnesota River Heritage Park shows that Native Americans were hunting and gathering in the area since approximately 3,000 years ago.

Poplar Forest: Truth and Reconciliation at Thomas Jefferson’s Retreat Home

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission that emerged during the dismantling of South Africa’s apartheid system acknowledged four kinds of truth as part of a societal healing process. See how these truths are reflected in recent interpretive planning at Thomas Jefferson’s retreat home, Poplar Forest.

Arlington House: Telling a Wider Story at a Historic Site

Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial is a place of study and contemplation of some of the most difficult aspects of American history, including military service; sacrifice; citizenship; duty; loyalty; slavery, and freedom. New interpretative exhibits provide a more complex view of the historic site.


Synchronizing Section 106 (NHPA) and NEPA Review Processes

Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) are two of the principal federal laws intended to protect environmental and cultural resources. Any project conducted with federal funding, or requiring a federal permit, license, or approval, is required to comply with these laws. So, how are they similar? How are they different? How does compliance with these laws impact your project?

Grant Park, Atlanta: An Old South Landscape for a New South City
Steve Gallo, Architectural Historian at 106 Group, is a published historian whose work focuses on built environments of the United States. He brings skills in researching neglected histories to his work in cultural resources. This summer, Steve's article on the history of Atlanta’s Grant Park was published in an issue …
How to Create Accessible Wayside Exhibits

How do you ensure that you are providing visitors with inclusive and accessible experiences? Where do you start when planning for interpretive waysides that are accessible to all?

What Does It Take To Plan And Design An Exhibit?

The creation of a long-term exhibit is a multi-step process. Take advantage of these steps to maximize opportunities for discovery that lead to brilliant, unique experiences for your visitors.

A Hybrid Model to Exhibit Design/Build

Working with the designers, fabricators, media companies, and artists in a single contract can be both efficient and creatively fruitful.

Exhibit Process Models: Considerations and Tips

So, you want to create an exhibit. How should you structure your planning process and contract? Here are some things you should know about Design versus Design/Build process (even if your contracting office doesn’t give you a choice).