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

House

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

Garden

  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?

Wagon

Kitchen & Cooking

Cabin

Dugout

Handcart

Garden

Fields & Farm Work

Animal Interaction


Fur Trade/Mountain Man Encampment

Historical Specimen?

Fur Trade

Trapping

Orienteering & Exploring

Camp Tools & Supplies

Native Plants and Nature

Animal Interaction


Native American Encampment

Specific Shoshone Family as Historic Specimens?

Shoshone in History

Massacre

Shoshone Today

Family Life

Cooking

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

Mining

Telegraph Office

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