The Lincoln Heritage Museum, in partnership with the National Association for Interpretation, is offering a professional certification workshop for individuals who will be delivering interpretive programs or having public contact at interpretive sites March 6 -9, 2017. Registration deadline is February 9.

The Certified Interpretive Guide program is designed for anyone who delivers interpretive programs to the public. It combines both the theoretical foundations of the profession with practical skills in delivering quality interpretive programming to visitors.

Throughout their history, the Lincoln Heritage Museum has provided Lincoln College with a valuable academic resource with a large collection of Lincoln and American nineteenth century items. This workshop incorporates first-person storytelling in historic environments within the galleries of the museum. Participants will be educated with a very human and personal touch as they study individuals from the past.

“We are very fortunate to have Anne as a certified living history instructor here at the Lincoln Heritage Museum. Her knowledge and expertise has allowed us to offer new insight into the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln for our visitors through first-hand interpretations from our living history presenters. I feel that offering these types of presentations and interactions with our visitors will continue to make the Lincoln Heritage Museum a truly unique experience.” stated Lincoln Heritage Museum Director Tom McLaughlin.

The workshop will involve the discipline of history, fine arts, museum studies, and community partnerships. Individuals will examine historical interpretation as philosophies, movements, techniques, and educational interpretative tools. In addition, individuals will develop an understanding of how living history interpretation can create understanding and give meaning to the story of Abraham Lincoln & the people that influenced his life to a contemporary audience.

The assigned readings, lectures, and discussions will facilitate one’s active participation in the planning, development, and implementation of living history programming at local Abraham Lincoln historic sites and museums in the central Illinois. This will give individuals the opportunity to work at a historic site or museum as a certified interpreter.

This 32-hour course includes:

  • history, definition, and principles of interpretation
  • making your programs purposeful, enjoyable, relevant, organized, and thematic
  • using tangible objects to connect audiences to intangible ideas and universal concepts in interpretive programs
  • presentation and communication skills
  • certification requirements (open book exam; program outline; 10-min. presentation)

For those who would like to participate in this certification course please visit or call the Lincoln Heritage Museum at (217) 735-7399 for more information.

 CIG  Courses w/Certification Fee   CIG Courses w/out Certification Fee 
 Professional  $380 (includes instructor fee, cert fee, 1 year professional membership, and workbook)  $230 (includes instructor fee and workbook)
 Student  $355 (includes instructor fee, cert fee, 1 year student membership, and workbook)