Freeman Tilden is considered the father of the profession of interpretation. After working as a newspaper reporter, a playwright, and a non-fiction author, Tilden worked with the National Park Service analyzing interpretation within various parks. Tilden traveled for years observing guided tours, talks, and other types of interpretation. In 1957, Tilden wrote Interpreting Our Heritage, the first book to define interpretation as a profession. The book focuses on effective methods of Interpretation, including Tilden’s Six Principles of Interpretation. Today, the book continues to serve as a guide for interpretation professionals.
Year Published: 1957