History is sometimes thought to be a little dull and often presented in a classroom setting to amply confirm that perception. But no longer! Today, “living history” programs bring “dead history” back to life and have become great fun for participants and spectators alike. This relatively new technique of programming involving authentic, historically-accurate settings through true-to-life activities and historic events is captivating communities.
History walks, reenactments, cemetery tours, theatrical programs, ghost hunts, and more! The possibilities are endless, allowing participants to dive deeper into history in an immersive and enjoyable way.
Visiting the library to hear fascinating stories about the original settlers in your town could be interesting. However, if you transcend the walls of the library and put those participants right in the center of the town’s oldest cemetery to see the headstones of the people being discussed, you now have a program where participants can experience history, seeing, feeling, and connecting on a more personal level, living in the story.
Public libraries have a unique opportunity to present excellent living history programs within our buildings and also bring the gift of them to the community, out in the community. This innovative way to present living history programs allows libraries to adapt to the ever-changing happenings in today’s society. History can be exciting, both in and outside of the library. Let us show you how!