Place Matters: Site-Specific Interpretation


Kristen Hill, Cultural Sites Program Coordinator, James Castle House
Meggan Laxalt Mackey, Basque Cultural Studies Educator, Basque Museum and Cultural Center and Basque Block Representative
Mary Tyson, Director of Regional History, The Community Library
Robin Little Wing Sigo, Director of Research & Strategic Development, Suquamish Tribe


Dakota J Keene, Associate Principal, MITHUN; and Janet Smoak, Director, Suquamish Museum and Cultural Center


  • Community Engagement, Visitor Experience

Site-specific interpretation provides an authentic experience of place and creates a powerful lens into the legacy of an individual or cultural group. Providing visitors with a contextual experience is accomplished through methods tailored to each site’s unique characteristics. This session explores this idea in detail through four locations: the Basque Block Museum and Cultural Center, James Castle House, Hemingway House and Preserve, and the Suquamish Cultural District.