Saturday, April 4, 2009

Fun and Games: Gordon’s Institute for Public History Seeks Volunteers for Time Travel Days

Know something about Salem’s history? Pass it on. The Gordon College Institute for Public History is seeking those who are passionate about the past and have knowledge of Salem’s rich history to spread their knowledge to the public.
Right now the Institute for Public History is looking for anyone who would like to teach others a fun and engaging lesson on an aspect of Salem’s history. The Institute, in collaboration with History Alive!, will host a history fair—Time Travel Days—for the public, and they are taking Request For Proposal forms for the event (see details below). The deadline for the proposals is Wednesday, April 8, 2009.This event is sponsored by the Gordon College Institute for Public History and will be held at Salem’s Old Town Hall in Derby Square on Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Time Travel Days is open to the public and free of charge.
“The goal of this event is to provide something new for the public at the Old Town Hall and to celebrate Salem’s rich and diverse history,” says Kristina Stevick, director of the Gordon Institute for Public History and artistic director of History Alive! “The idea is to invite people to learn about history in a way that’s memorable—people learn best when they are involved and using all their senses.”
As a part of the history fair, actors from the renowned play Cry Innocent will be performing as well as other actors, interpreters and performers. These performers will be in period costume and will use games, speeches, songs and dances from different eras in Salem’s history to teach the audience various aspects of that period. Along with other interpreters, the Institute is also looking for live performers and bands that would like to play.
“History is fun because situations people faced in the past are, at the very heart, basically the same as they are now,” says Stevick. “History is an act of imagination. This event will strive to not only put the audience in a different time period, but also offer us a broader perspective of the situations we are in now.”
The Request For Proposal (FRP) form can be found online at www.gordon.edu/historyalive. For more information about the history fair or any of the other programs and events sponsored by the Gordon College Institute for Public History, contact Kristina at 978.867.4767 or historyalive@gordon.edu.

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