In the discussions I’ve seen regarding the future of interpretation of USCTs, I don’t think I’ve seen anything that considers that which is underway already. I believe, before we can discuss the future of interpretation, we might do well to know the current status of the same. There are several questions that I’d like to see answered, such as…
How many Civil War-related museums/sites/battlefields already interpret USCTs in their programing?
How many Civil War-related museums/sites/battlefields have “they (USCTs) were here” scenarios, and are taking advantage of this in their interpretive programs?
How many museums/sites/battlefields have “they were here” scenarios, and are not taking advantage of this in their interpretive programs?
How many museums/sites/battlefields do not have “they were here” scenarios, but still incorporate USCTs in interpretive programs?
In sites museums/sites/battlefields that incorporate the story of USCTs in interpretation, what percentage of it is in 1) historical markers/signage, 2) oral presentations & field tours, 3) museum/in-house exhibits (other than historical markers/signage)?
There are more that come to mind, but I think you get the idea.
Here’s a question for everyone…
The poll is set to expire in 12 hours.
I’ll have more to say about the numbers in a post later this evening.