FAIRMONT, W.Va. – The Pricketts Fort Memorial Foundation is bringing NAI Certified Interpretive Trainer Richard N. Pawling to West Virginia on Saturday, March 31. “An intense day of historic interpretive training is our goal,” said Melissa May, Executive Director of the Pricketts Fort Foundation. Participants will learn effective methods for presenting history to diverse audiences.
“This is required training for all new fort staff and volunteers, but it is open to anyone, including students and interpretive staff and volunteers from other historic sites across West Virginia and beyond,” May said.
The training will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A brown bag lunch is recommended. The class will meet in the Visitor Center and the cost is $36 for Pricketts Fort Memorial Foundation (PFMF) Members, $40 for Non-members, and $20 for Students. The workshop is free for current PFMF staff and volunteers. Registration is limited. Call the foundation office (304) 363-3030 or register on line www.prickettsfort.org
About Richard Pawling
Pawling, a natural entertainer and former college professor, is a master at captivating audiences of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. He is the owner and educational and interpretive specialist of HISTORY ALIVE!SM, a firm founded in 1991 that provides living history and traditional and heritage music programs and training workshops to parks, museums, colleges and universities, as well as civic, professional, and historical organizations throughout the United States and Canada. Annually, he presents up to 200 HISTORY ALIVE! SM performances and living history workshops.
He has been a National Park Ranger and was the winner of the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) "Excellence in Interpretation Award," a national distinction presented annually to one individual, institution or agency. He is both a NAI "Certified Interpretive Guide" and a "Certified Interpretive Trainer." Pawling is the author of the book, Old Clothes: But All I Wanted to Do Was Wear Old Clothes and Go Back to the Past
Prickett’s Fort State Park
is located near Fairmont. The fort is a re-creation of the original Prickett's Fort
of 1774, which served as a refuge from Native American war parties on the western frontier of Colonial Virginia. The "new" fort serves as a living history site where interpreters re-create late 18th century lifestyle through period attire and demonstrations of a variety of colonial crafts. Throughout the season, visitors may find blacksmiths, spinners, weavers and other traditional artisans at work, and a gun shop which features the only public demonstrations of 18th century firearm manufacturing in the state.
For additional information, visit www.prickettsfortstatepark.com
or call 363-3030 for events and activities and fort hours.
Melissa May, Executive Director