For the past twenty years or so, there has been considerable criticism about the lack of "diversity" in both the racial demographics of those who visit historic sites and the narratives advanced at those sites. These well-meaning criticisms can lead to problematic conclusions about what it means to visit--or not visit--sites of cultural heritage and how places of heritage and history are categorized as being more or less relevant to a particular racial, ethnic, or cultural group.
This presentation will present some findings from my recent research and ask some questions about how these ideas might apply to sites in the Rio Grande Valley, both in terms of visitorship and interpretation.
Schiavo, Laura, "Preserving Heritage, Interpreting History, and the Meaning of "Diversity"" (2019). Public Heritage Lecture Series. 4.