History, Parks, and Interpretation: Civil War to Civil Rights Certificate

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Gain an understanding of the social and political issues surrounding the American Civil War
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Gain an understanding of the social and political issues surrounding the American Civil War. This program will also guide learners through the history of the National Park Service and use the Park Service’s efforts to interpret the Civil War and Civil Rights as examples for interpreting complex subjects in public spaces.

This certificate program comprises three courses; the History of the National Park Service, Causes of the Civil War, and Civil War to Civil Rights Interpretation. This program is designed for National Park Service interpreters, interpreters with other federal agencies, state park departments, or local offices that interpret historical themes, and college and graduate students in public history programs. The program guides learners through the history of the National Park Service and uses the Park Service’s efforts to interpret the Civil War and Civil Rights as examples for interpreting complex subjects in public spaces. Finally, this course offers learners helpful tools and tips that can be applied to their agencies.

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Course Schedule

This program allows for complete flexibility. You may take a couple of months or up to a year to complete the program. The Eppley Institute recommends that you complete one course and all companion assignments each month to ensure maximum retention and connection of material.

Course Progression:

  • Course 1: History of the National Park Service
  • Course 2: Causes of the Civil War
  • Course 3: Civil War to Civil Rights Interpretation

Be able to:

  • Identify the key events, people, and locations in the history of the National Park Service (NPS) and identify the significance of each one.
  • Identify the major challenges faced by NPS leadership throughout history, including those related to the mission of the NPS, the expansion of the park system, and the external influences on the NPS.
  • Communicate that differences regarding slavery between northern and southern states were the main causes of the American Civil War.
  • Identify useful techniques and strategies for discussing the causes and context of the American Civil War with visitors.
  • Recognize the permission and latitude that the National Park Service granted interpreters by efforts such as the 'Rally on the High Ground' initiative.
  • Relate to visitors of varying knowledge levels and backgrounds the causes of the war effectively and respectfully.

Recommended Background

The course will be most beneficial for those new to Facility Management for Parks and Public Lands Agencies field or for those who wish to advance their career. To successfully complete the portfolio pieces, it is recommended you have access to a parks or public lands facility.

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