The management and interpretation of important cultural heritage sites presents unique challenges to park managers. In the case of Red Clay State Historic Park, the events which are the reason for the lands significance took place almost 200 years ago. And, so, managers must rely on historians to provide trustworthy information with which to develop the parks storyline and interpretive approach.
Our guest, Dr Danielle Shelton has just completed her PhD in Public History at Middle Tennessee State University. Her doctoral work focused on the Cherokee Nation and specifically on the Red Clay Park, being the last Council grounds before their removal to Oklahoma . She has developed important new information about the events at Red Clay and about the site itself.