Panel 4: Reaching the People Across Platforms:
Virtual, Hybrid, and Non-Traditional Programming for Museums, Commemorations, and History Organizations
Abstract: The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 forced museums, federal history offices, and all types of history organizations to dramatically shift their approach to public history events and programming. Unable to host visitors in person, staff had to find creative ways to adapt to the new situation and still fulfill their missions of sharing history with the public. Some organizations already had pre-existing virtual and remote programming to build upon, while others had to start from scratch. As the pandemic has progressed into different phases and circumstances continue to rapidly change, it has become clear that virtual and remote public history programs will not be completely disbanded even when the pandemic subsides.
In this roundtable, a diverse group of experts from both federal and private institutions will share their experiences with creating dynamic history programming during the pandemic. They will highlight their successes, challenges, lessons learned, and future plans. Topics will include commemorations, education initiatives, exhibits, virtual programs, hybrid programs, best practices, and much more.
Richard Hulver, Historian, National Cemetery Administration
Allison S. Finkelstein, Senior Historian, Arlington National Cemetery
“Creating a Hybrid Commemoration: The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Centennial”
Jessie Kratz, Historian, National Archives
“Collaborate, Innovate, Lean: Virtual Engagement at the National Archives”
Lora Vogt, Curator of Education and Interpretation, National WWI Museum and Memorial
“Commemorations, Covid and Creating Community at the National WWI Museum and Memorial”
Jeremy Collins, Director of Conferences and Symposia, The National WWII Museum
Beyond Four Walls: Virtual Educational Outreach at The National WWII Museum