The Sparking Memories project of the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor is part of our mission to create inclusivity and accessibility for all people. We created specialized tours for people living with dementia as a way for the museum to serve an underserved audience, increase its accessibility, and attract a new demographic. Statistics show that rates of dementia are on the rise. This Report from the Field describes how we created the tour and our plans for other programs for groups of underserved individuals.
Sparking Memories: Memory Tourism for a New Audience
Marcelle R. Wilson received her doctorate from West Virginia University. She has worked in museums during her undergraduate career as well as after graduation. She served for seven years as the Director of the Aurora Historical Society in Aurora, OH. She has completed numerous grants and national property nominations. Currently she is the Site Manager of the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor (aka the Steel Museum) and part-time faculty in the History Department at Youngstown State University. Her most recent publication is an article in Ohio History entitled “General Fireproofing Company of Youngstown, Ohio,” Spring 2017.
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Marcelle R. Wilson; Sparking Memories: Memory Tourism for a New Audience. The Public Historian 5 August 2020; 42 (3): 129–137. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/tph.2020.42.3.129
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