Moccasin Bend Archeological District Visitor Center
Established in 2003 as the only site of its kind within the national park system, the Friends of Moccasin Bend and the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Battlefield Park embarked on a unique collaboration to plan a visitor center for a site that is inaccessible to the general public. Carol Bossert Services was challenged to be both content developer and curator to research the topic, create the story line and identify artifacts to make the story come alive. The project resulted in detailed exhibition design plans, exhibition script and object and image databases that awaits funding for implementation.
Carol Bossert led scholar workshops on behalf of the National Park Service to gather stories appropriate to the exhibition. She also facilitated Nation to Nation meetings on behalf of the National Park with representatives from Muscogee Nation, Cherokee Nation, Chickasaw Nation, and Eastern Shawnee Tribe to discuss exhibition interpretation of Moccasin Bend as both sacred burial ground and point of embarkation during the Trail of Tears. As acting curator, Carol Bossert directed research efforts to identify objects with connection to Moccasin Bend at the McClung Museum, University of Tennessee Chattanooga and National Museum of the American Indian for exhibition.
Categories Content Development, Content Research, Exhibition Development, Interpretive Planning