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Workshop Offered to Help Organizations Develop Interpretive Proficiency

Northeast Iowa – Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) will be hosting
the workshop “Interpreting Your Story: The PAIR Model of Success” on Tuesday,
November 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The workshop will be held at the Mines of
Spain: E.B. Lyons Center in Dubuque.

Used by the National Parks Service (NPS), the PAIR Model breaks down frontline
interpretation into four components: Presentation Techniques and Styles, Audience
Characteristics, Interpretive Methods, and Resource Information. Through interactive
discussions and activities, participants will learn about each individual component and
how to effectively apply them while presenting programs. From parks and farms to
museums and historic sites, the techniques discussed during this workshop can be
used to help organizations improve the visitor experience.

The workshop will be presented by Allyson Mathis, who has worked as an interpreter for
fifteen years at various national parks. Currently, Mathis is working as the Science and
Education Outreach Coordinator for the Division of Science and Resource Management
at Grand Canyon National Park.

“We are pleased to once again bring the expertise of the National Park Service to the
Heritage Area,” remarked Don Short, SSNHA President. “Workshops like these allow
even small community organizations to connect with national level speakers.”

Registration is due October 28 and is limited to 50 participants. The registration fee is
$45 per person affiliated with a designated SSNHA Partner Site and $55 per person for
all other participants. A special group rate for three individuals from the same
organization is $100. Registration forms are available online under the “Resources”
section at For more information call 319-234-

Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area is one of 49 federally designated heritage
areas in the nation and is an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service. The Heritage
Area covers 37 counties in the northeast quadrant of Iowa. Interstate 80 borders it on
the south and Interstate 35 borders it on the west. Through a network of sites, programs
and events, SSNHA interprets farm life, agribusiness and rural communities – past and

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