Scripts For Interpretive Areas

You'll find here "scripts" for the interpretive areas at the American West Heritage Center. By "scripts," we do not mean things that cast members or volunteers need to memorize like a play. Instead, these are "talking points" and "tour points" that historical interpreters can "cover" or explore with visitors. Remember that our approach this year should be story-based, so most information should be highlighted by a story whenever possible. For example when talking about cooking at the 1917 farm, an interpreter might tell a story of when Mrs. Wyatt cooked something and something unusual or common happened. Stories are much more more memorable and engaging than simple information.

1917 Farm

Wyatt Family as Historic Specimens

WWI: It's effects on home front living


  1. Kitchen
    1. Stove
    2. Cooking
    3. Food preservation
  2. Parlor
  3. Bedroom
  4. Upstairs


  1. Heirloom plants
  2. Gardening techniques and tools
  3. Root Cellar
  4. Smoke Shed

Milk & Hay Barn

  1. Milking the cow
  2. Working and Storing Hay
  3. Horses and their care and riding

Blacksmith Shop

Fields & Farm Work

  1. Plowing or using equipment with machines or animals
  2. Crops and their uses
  3. Old fashioned methods and tools

Equipment Restoration

Animal Interaction

Pioneer Site

Family as Historic Specimens?


Kitchen & Cooking





Fields & Farm Work

Animal Interaction

Fur Trade/Mountain Man Encampment

Historical Specimen?

Fur Trade


Orienteering & Exploring

Camp Tools & Supplies

Native Plants and Nature

Animal Interaction

Native American Encampment

Specific Shoshone Family as Historic Specimens?

Shoshone in History


Shoshone Today

Family Life


Native Plants and Nature

Animal Interaction

Gunfighters & Frontier Town

The Myth of the Old West

What is the "myth of the Old West?"

How was the myth created

  1. William Cody "Buffalo Bill"
  2. Ned Buntline and other authors
  3. Owen Whistler, The Virginian
  4. Subsequent radio shows and movies

Why is the myth important

Why is the myth relevant today?

Famous gunfights

  1. Outlaws
  2. Lawmen
  3. Water

Gunfights in Utah

Cowboy ways

Tools (Guns) and Supplies

Patch's Woodwright Shop

Print Shop

Millinery Shop


Telegraph Office

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