Naturealm - Summit County
Metro-Parks, Ohio. Provided interpretive exhibit planning and design
consultation services for Naturealm's new interpretive exhibit project. JV developed
the interpretive master plan for Naturealm last year and this is follow up work to provide
consultation on the exhibit design project currently under way. October-November,
MWH Americans, Inc/US
Army Corps of Engineers, Bonnet Carre' Spillway, Louisiana. JVA will work as a
sub-contractor to MWH Americans, Inc. who
are developing the overall Master Plan for the Spillway, to develop the Interpretive
Master Plan for the site. You can visit Bonnet Carrie' Spillway at: http://www.mvn.usace.army.mil/Recreation/Recreation_Sites_Bonnet_Carre.asp
This project began in June, 2008 and was completed in November 2008.
The spillway (highlighted in green) stretches
from the Mississippi River, ,at right, northward to Lake Ponchartrain, on the left of the
Panel Evaluation Research Project. Under a separate contract, JVA has been
asked to do an evaluation of Greenway Orientation Panels (and other interpretive media)
located at Greenway/PA Boat Launch Sites. The study includes observational studies
as well as asking randomly selected visitors to fill out a short questionnaire about the
panels design and content. The project was completed in October 2008. The
final results may end up with these panels being re-designed!!
A typical visitor reviewing one of the boat launch orientation panel
and completing the associated questionnaire.
Partnership, Pennsylvania. JVA has been awarded the contract to develop the
Interpretive Master Plan for the Susquehanna
River Water Trail, a 500 mile long corridor that bisects most of
eastern Pennsylvania, and includes cultural, natural and historic resources and stories
located throughout the corridor. The project will also include: development of a
wayfinding system, site analysis of existing orientation and safety panels, analysis of
potential retrofit of existing panels, an outdoor recreation linkage system, and a model
signage plan for the water trail Phase II. The project will run through
December of 2008. You can visit this client at: http://www.susquehannagreenway.org .
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
interpretive training course supported in part by a grant from the Countryside Counsil of
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
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 provided 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 provided
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.
Foundation, Dalton, GA. JVA has been asked to provide interpretive
consulting services, and interpretive site assessment services for the Foundation, for
Prater's Mill in Whitfield County, GA. February - May 2008. We were also
recently awarded a contract to develop the Interpretive Master Plan for
the Mill and its associated heritage partners within their multi-county region. You
can visit this client at: http://www.PratersMill.org.
Summit County Historical
Society, Akron, Ohio. JVA provided 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 ran from April 08 until November 2008 when it was completed.
US Army Corps of Engineers -
Interpretive Training. JVA was awarded a new 5-year interpretive
services training contract for teaching two 3-day "Interpretive Services"
courses each year for the COE at their Huntsville, AL training center. We are now
planning for our 2009 training. JVA has been providing this interpretive
training course for the Corps of Engineers for the past 20 years, and is pleased to be
able to continue providing this valuable training for the Corps.
Participants in last years Interpretive Services Course (field trip to
Constitution Hall Village Historic Site and in-class lectures and activities).
The Eden Project, Cornwall, England. JVA
provided 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. Provided 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.
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
and Highland Village at: http://museum.gov.ns.ca/hv/.
Training seminars took place in April, 2008
JVA provided 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.
Macomb Community College
Cultural Center, Clinton Twp, Michigan. Provide a interpretive exhibit planning
focus workshop for the Cultural Center exhibition team for their new Great Lakes -
Great Stories exhibition to open this summer. Provide consultation services for
upcoming exhibitions 2007-2009. You can find out more about the Cultural
Center and its exhibition schedule at: http://www.macombculturalcenter.com/
Cultural and Heritage Tourism Program,
State of Pennsylvania - Provide interpretive planning, marketing and visitor
survey consultation services to the six major hubs and State Office, for the state-wide Pennsylvania
Underground Railroad and Pennsylvania Quest for Freedom programs development
efforts. This project will run from 1 July 07 through 2009.
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 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.
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.