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Education and Outreach|American Heritage Center

Wyoming History Day: Pointers for a Successful Exhibit

Begin with Content

  • Relation to Theme
  • Use Available Primary Resources
  • Balanced Research
  • Historical Accuracy
  • Analysis & Interpretation: A strong thesis argument
  • Historical Context: Intellectual, physical, social & cultural setting
  • Historical Perspective: The causes & consequences of an event

Finish with Design

  • Orientation: Introduction to the Main Idea of the Project
    • Make thesis a central point of interest in the exhibit
  • Segmentation: Dividing the Exhibit into Logical, Identifiable Sections
    • Use design elements, such as color and construction, to help achieve clear segmentation
    • Include a title for each segment
  • Explanation: Use Text to Explain Visuals
    • Keep captions to 2 – 3 sentences
    • Condense your information into the most important points
    • Use 500 words effectively

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