Steve Boyd-Smith

Interpretation & Exhibits Manager

Steve has made his career eliciting stories and producing meaningful ways for visitors to engage with them. Since 1990, he has created interpretive experiences for dozens of sites, visitor centers, and museums around the country. Steve came to interpretation through a combination of academic history and theater, both of which still influence his work. He is a creative problem-solver who focuses the audience, the story, and the site’s goals, crafting the most effective combination of media to bring visitors into the story. His range of skills includes project management, facilitation, interpretive and exhibit planning, writing for grants and for general audiences, exhibit design and development, multi-media exhibits, exterior exhibits, online curation, and research. Listening and asking questions, Steve develops an overall vision, draws out the strengths of individual team members, and creates a coherent whole. He has presented on interpretive topics at multiple conferences and his work has won national awards.


  • Certified Interpretive Planner, National Association for Interpretation
  • Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards for History