Using Agriculture as an Interpretive Management Strategy at Grant Kohrs National Historic Site to tie Together Historical Significance and Natural Resource Conservation
Historic Preservation and Conservation
The core question being investigated within the scope of this thesis is how does Grant Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site tie use an interpretive management involving agriculture to tie together historic significance and natural resource conservation? In order to establish a firm knowledge of the site, a visit to the ranch that included site documentation, investigation, and interviewing of staff members was conducted in October 2016. The type of interpretation conveyed to visitors at GRKO is unique, but what makes GRKO really special is that visitors have unrestricted access to the entire site. This allows for the purest form of interpretation allowable at a historic site. The historic significance at the site is similar to other but still special because of its particular topic under the subject of agriculture. Natural resource conservation is an important part of the sites function and history. It allows the site to be interpreted as historically accurate as possible while still preserving the cultural landscape. The agricultural interpretations at the site include: interpretive signage and displays, living history demonstrations, actual ranch work involving livestock, maintaining the presence of agricultural structures and features and the whole cultural landscape of the ranch. These interpretations tie together the historical significance and natural resource conservation of the historic ranch.