John Veverka & Associates
Provoke, Relate, Reveal and more!
For the Cutting edge in Heritage Interpretation
Interpretive Planning, Training, Evaluation and more!
5010 Delray Dr. Lansing, Michigan 48910
(517) 899-4548 (we've gone mobile) email@example.com
From interpretive planning for castles in Wales for the National Trust and bird sanctuaries in Michigan for the Kellogg Biological Station, to interpretive training in Alabama for the US Army Corps of Engineers, and museum exhibit evaluation in Wisconsin - (bottom row) and critiquing ancient temples interpretation on Malta for Malta Heritage, prehistoric archaeological site interpretation in Utah for Nine Mile Canyon/BLM, and docent/interpretive staff training for the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff, we do that - and more!
Heritage Interpretation: Interpretive Planning, Training and Consultation Services
Serving Parks, Museums, Historic Sites, Zoos & Botanical Gardens, Heritage Tourism Sites and Facilities, Commercial Tourism Attractions, and related interpretive sites and facilities -
Our Completed 2008 Projects
Snowdonia National Park Training Center, Wales. Planning, Design and Evaluation of Interpretive Media Course, September, 2008 held at Plas Tan y Bwlch. This was a three - day interprjetive training course supported in part by a grant from the Countryside Counsil of Wales.
Course participants at the National Slate Museum of Wales - course field trip.
Countryside Training Services (CTS), UK. JVA was asked to present a one-day workshop, sponsored/coordinated by CTS, on Engaging Your Visitors - a workshop on effective marketing and interpretive media techniques, on 9 September, 2008. The workshop was held in the Tennis Court Room, the Welcome Trust, Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridgeshire. For more information on CTS you are invited to contact Angela Gamble (CTS Director) at: agamble@ESSEXCC.gov.uk, or visit their web site at: http://www.countrysidetrainingservices.co.uk/ for information on their other services and course offerings.
Course participants in the Marketing and Interpretive Techniques Course.
National Museums of Wales - National Wool Museum, Llandysul, Carmarthenshire Wales. JVA will provide an interpretive site assessment and interpretive planning consultation for the museum, September, 2008. You can visit the museum web site at: http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/wool
The National Wool Museum, Wales, and one of the many artifacts illustrating the evolution of the wool manufacturing industries.
Shetland Amenity Trust, Shetland Islands, UK. JVA will provide interpretive planning consultation services for the Trust for a project they are undertaking to restore the lighthouse at Sumburgh Head and convert some of the residential buildings associated with the lighthouse into an education and interpretive center. August, 2008.
Summit County Historical Society, Akron, Ohio. JVA will provide interpretive planning consultation and a objective workshop session for the Society, with focus on their "John Brown House" becoming an education and community oral history/ethnography center. April, 2008. You can visit this client at: http://www.summithistory.org/contact.htm . A follow up workshop session will occur on the 13th of June, 2008.
The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley - Glen Burnie Historic House and Gardens Interpretive Plan. JVA was selected to develop the interpretive master plan for the Glen Burnie Historic House and Gardens facility within the museum campus. You are invited to visit this client at: http://www.shenandoahmuseum.org. The project will run from April 08 - August 2008.
The Eden Project, Cornwall, England. JVA will provide interpretive training for the Eden Project education/tour guide staff, March, 2008. The Eden Project is an amazing site as you can see from the photos below. You can visit their web site to find out more about them at: http://www.edenproject.com
International Crane Foundation, Baraboo, Wisconsin. Provide interpretive training and interpretive planning consultation services for development of new outdoor exhibits for the Center, February, 2008. You can visit this site at: http://www.savingcranes.org. \
Lackawanna Heritage Valley, Scranton, PA. Provide an interpretive training workshop for LHV sites. March 31st, 2008. You can visit this client at: http://www.LHVA.org.
Sherbrooke Restoration Commission, Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada). Provided interpretive training/consultation for several NS Historic Sites including: Ross Farm Museum, Sherbrooke Village and Highland Village. You can visit Ross Farm at: http://museum.gov.ns.ca/rfm/, Sherbrooke Village at: http://museum.gov.ns.ca/sv/index.php, and Highland Village at: http://museum.gov.ns.ca/hv/. Training seminars took place in April, 2008
JVA has been asked to provide an interpretive training course for the National Waterfront Museum - a part of the National Museums of Wales, UK, May, 2008. This is a large and unique museum. The workshop will focus on interpretive planning for programs and new exhibit planning. You are invited to visit this museums web site for more details on its programs, galleries and services. http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/swansea/ A photo of the Museum Campus is shown below.
Texas Historical Commission. Provide three interpretive workshop sessions for the THC annual conference, 1-3 May, 2008. You can learn more about the THC at http://www.the.state.tx.us.
The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley - Rose Hill Interpretive Plan. JVA was selected to develop the interpretive master plan for the Rose Hill facility within the museum campus. You are invited to visit this client at: http://www.shenandoahmuseum.org. The project will ran from October 07 through February, 2008.
The Rose Hill Farm historic home (front view - left, and side view - right). The interpretive plan for this farm site will interpret the theme "Rose Hill gives us a window into the past of an average Shenandoah Valley farming family's life, through many generations, from early settlement through the Civil War". The property includes a civil war battlefield site, farm buildings, and a future environmental education center and activity area.
Wisconsin DNR Division of Forestry - Forestry Education and Awareness Center Interpretive Master Plan. JVA was selected to develop the Interpretive Plan for the new Forestry Education and Awareness Center, Milwaukee County, WI. June 07 - April 08.
A general view of the woodlot area (left) and our proposed aerial or canopy elevated boardwalk leading from the Forestry Awareness and Interpretive Center into the forest canopy with discovery stations.
Snowdonia National Park Training Center, Wales. Interpretive Master Planning Course, May 2008 held at Plas Tan y Bwlch. This was a three - day interprjetive training course supported in part by a grant from the Countryside Counsil of Wales.
Course participants on a field trip to a slate mine museum for the deep mine tour.
Norfolk Tourism, Norwich, and the Broads Authority ENGLAND, received a LEADER + grant for a major interpretive project for the Norfolk Tourism region and Broads National Park Authority. JVA was the winning proposal for Phase I of this project to develop a structured interpretive assessment of all current interpretive sites and facilities within the region and their interpretive services, develop a regional interpretive strategy, and regional interpretive planning and training program. Phase I was completed in September 2007. JVA was recently awarded the contract for Phase II of this large project, and will be developing several interpretive training courses offered in the Region, as well as developing 10 interpretive plans for selected "priority development" sites within the Broads. The project ran from October 2007 - March 2008.
Some general views from the Broads National Park. Top photos, sailboats on the broads (left) and canal boats on a typical broads (salt marsh estuary) with typical windmill (for pumping water) in the background. Many historical sites within the National Park boundary like St. Bennets Abby ruin (with a later windmill foundation in the middle of it) and a historic landscape from a port once used by the Romans for shipping goods in and out of a town once located here.