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Transforming the NPS Digital Experience: Media Outreach to Serve Public Archaeology at Fort Vancouver

Author(s): Douglas C. Wilson ; Meagan Huff

Year: 2016

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National Park Service (NPS) archaeologists and museum professionals must engage the public through media to augment traditional outreach events and programs. Transforming the digital experience is at the heart of the NPS 2016 centennial. The cultural resources program at Fort Vancouver NHS in Vancouver, Washington, engages the public in a variety of archaeology outreach events and works with students in diverse educational contexts. A crucial component of this program is routinely informing the public on the activities of archaeologists and museum professionals through newsletters, books, websites, and blogs. The use of social media has evolved to include Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to announce programs, and release information on archaeological discoveries and activities.  This media "blitz" has been positively received by the community, creating a constituency of park visitors and advocates that better understand archaeology and the significance of park cultural resources.


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Transforming the NPS Digital Experience: Media Outreach to Serve Public Archaeology at Fort Vancouver. Douglas C. Wilson, Meagan Huff. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434585)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America