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Helping bring Canadian history back to life
[Final Edition]
The Guelph Mercury - Guelph, Ont.
Author: Denard, Courtney
Date: Aug 13, 2004
Start Page: A.11
Section: OPINIONS
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The experiential education from living history museums -- interactive settings where one learns about the past through historical re-enactments and period clothing and activities -- has piqued the interest of University of Guelph history professor Alan Gordon.

"Living history museums influence more perceptions about the past than lessons learned in a history class ever can," says Gordon. "People are willing to go to a historical village and learn about history, more so than they are willing to sit down and listen to a history lecture."

Photo: STEVE PERRAULT FOR THE GUELPH MERCURY / Living history museum workers re-enact the 1813 battle of Fort George in Niagara-on-the- Lake. University of Guelph history professor Alan Gordon is researching ways for these museums to improve the authenticity and quality of their displays and re-enactments.

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