Historical tours won’t get much in-class attention due to our visits to local history sites, but I would like to use this post as a place to discuss historical tours, audio tours, and our collective readings about tours. Our reading from Cathy Stanton’s book offers an in-depth and quite critical interpretation of tours at the Lowell National Historical Park. The section on the Linked audio tour suggests that collaboration between historians and artists can lead to creative new ways to think about tours. And the Confluence Greenway Audio Tour is a local example of a cell phone tour.
What did you think about these readings? Did you find one model for history tours more compelling than another? What makes a tour interesting, thought-provoking, or unique? Have you been on any history tours that were especially interesting? Use the comments section to share your thoughts.