Designing Experience

John Brown Monument at Harpers Ferry. CLUI photo

CLUI photo

DESIGNING EXPERIENCE: Harpers Ferry and the Interpretive Infrastructure of the National Park Service 

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, located at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers in West Virginia, is replete with hundreds of historic plaques, and dozens of exhibits in reconstructed Civil War-era buildings. Its most important building, though, is modern, and isn't on the park map: the Interpretive Design Center, where the National Park Service has been designing signs, brochures, maps, and exhibits for hundreds of National Park sites across the nation, since 1970.

2023 CLUI Research Project