Interpretive Planning and Exhibit Development
HRA provides research, writing, layout, and design for various forms of interpretive content. We develop exhibits and historical displays for a variety of clients, including museums and historical societies, universities, medical centers, commercial and retail spaces, and public venues.
Our historians gather documentary evidence (archival records, photographs, and maps) and conduct oral histories, then analyze these materials within appropriate historical contexts to develop interpretive work products to suit our clients’ needs.
Our interpretive work products are expertly researched and written in an accessible style. They have been used in a variety of ways, including museum exhibits, mitigation for adverse effects to historic properties, internal and external public relations campaigns, and heritage tourism signage.
Our products include:
- Museum exhibits
- Historical displays
- Documentary videos
- Interpretive signage for heritage tourism
HRA prepared a long-range interpretive plan for the Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumner Historic Site on behalf of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.
HRA’s numerous cultural resource management projects at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) have included an interpretive element. As part of a larger mitigation project for anticipated adverse effects to the Garrison Historic District at JBLM, HRA conducted oral histories and collected historic and modern photographs, motion-picture film, architectural drawings, and other documents. The materials HRA gathered were used to prepare a comprehensive web page, interpretive signs, and a documentary film about the history of Fort Lewis.
Under contract to the U.S. Coast Guard, HRA historians and graphic artist designed and fabricated three interpretive signs illustrating the history of the naval air installation at Kodiak Island, Alaska.
HRA curated an 800-square-foot temporary exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society Museum in Portland, Oregon. Hired by George Fox University, HRA oversaw all research and writing and assisted university staff in identifying and selecting images and artifacts to be included in the exhibit.
Administrative and Corporate History
HRA’s administrative and corporate histories turn past experience into present value by helping to impart institutional knowledge to managers, staff, and the general public.
Books and Published Materials
HRA writes book length manuscripts suitable for a wide variety of audiences, from academics to the general public.