I have a lot of catching up to do after being gone for a week. I spent several hours reading emails last night, and even answered one or two.
My webpage is back on line for Seminole history at http://www.southernhistory.us/ . Check it out and let me know what you think of some of the things I added. More to come!
I spent the past week at Goldhead Branch State Park ( http://www.floridastateparks.org/goldhead/default.cfm .)
The park is named after a creek that flows out of the hillside down in a beautiful ravine. It is totally different from anything here in the 'glades, with rolling, sandy hills and lots of turkey oaks and big live oaks. And Pine forest. Since it is so dry and sandy, there are no mosquitoes. It is almost an undiscovered gem in the state park system, along with being one of the older parks and built by the CCC in the 1930s. (There are eight state parks in Florida that were built by the CCC.) I think it is well worth the effort to camp there again, but when it is much cooler.
The reason I was at Goldhead was because I went through training for the "Certified Interpretive Manager" course put on by the NAI, or National Association of Interpretation. I plan to complete the requirements for certification.
The NAI is actually an international organization, with chapters recently formed in China and Korea. It covers interpretation, living history, museum displays, trail markers, and just about anything to do with interpretation at museums, historic sites, parks, ect...
Getting certified with this group is a pretty big deal, and you can't get better than that. They also offer training courses for interpretive planning, training guides and hosts, and train the trainers. You can check out their web page at http://www.interpnet.com/