This article explores the aims and delivery of a living history event conducted in a contemporary urban environment. It reports on a pilot program, “Occupied Philadelphia,” delivered in October 2017 by the Museum of the American Revolution in downtown Philadelphia. This program re-created events and incidents from the fall of 1777 and included a walking tour with three main stops highlighting the lives of everyday Philadelphians and British soldiers. Occupied Philadelphia provided a framework for volunteer interpreters to engage in a form of “guerilla interpretation,” taking public history into unexpected places as a means of inspiring historical empathy and encouraging the public to make connections between the past and present.
Occupied Philadelphia: An Experiment in Urban Living History
Tyler Rudd Putman is the Gallery Interpretation Manager at the Museum of the American Revolution and a PhD candidate in the History of American Civilization Program in the Department of History at the University of Delaware.
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Tyler Rudd Putman; Occupied Philadelphia: An Experiment in Urban Living History. The Public Historian 1 August 2019; 41 (3): 31–48. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/tph.2019.41.3.31
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