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Project Experience

Forest County Potawatomi Cultural Center

2000–02, 2019

Lord Cultural Resources was contracted by Dersé Museum Group from 2000-2002 to work with Forest County Potawatomi to provide interpretive planning and community consultation for two major cultural and heritage institutions located on Potawatomi land in Stone Lake and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Lord developed and conducted an intensive series of workshops, focus group sessions, interviews, and meetings with community Elders to identify the interpretive and programming needs for each museum location. Lord was pleased to assist the Potawatomi with the curatorial coordination and design development for the Historical Cultural Center which opened in November 2002.

Most recently, Bluewater Studio, in collaboration with Lord Cultural Resources, has been engaged to provide turn-key services to redevelop the Museum’s exhibition. While many aspects of the original storyline of the exhibits remain sound, how these stories are told requires an updated design and a greater degree of interactivity. Lord Cultural Resources is responsible for the Interpretive Planning and Content Development work, including consultation with community stakeholders and Elders and working closely with the Museum team to ensure the story is being told in a respectful and impactful manner. The new exhibition, planned to open in November 2020, will ensure the Mission statement of the Forest County, Potawatomi Cultural Center, Library & Museum continues to be fulfilled, educating and inspiring generations to come.