NAI Course: “Speaking Our Truths: A Gathering of Black and Brown Interpreters”

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NAI Course: “Speaking Our Truths: A Gathering of Black and Brown Interpreters”

The Avery Research Center for African American History & Culture is sponsoring a training course with the National Association for Interpretation (NAI). This 32-hour certified interpretive guide (CIG) training course is part two of the “Speaking Our Truths: A Gathering of Black and Brown interpreters” series on the importance of telling our stories. It will be offered over four eight-hour sessions. CIG is designed for individuals who deliver tours and interpretive programs or have contact with the public at historic sites.


Thursday and Friday March 23-24th and Monday and Friday March 27-28th from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.


125 Bull Street, Charleston, SC 29424


The course costs $434. This includes course materials, certification, instructor fees, and one-year individual membership with NAI (limited scholarships are available).

To be considered for the scholarship, please submit your resume and a cover letter describing yourself, the work you do and how becoming a certified interpretive guide would benefit you in your current field and future endeavors. Please submit documents to Erica Veal at by Friday, March 10th at 5 p.m. EST.

Light refreshments will be provided, but lunch is not included.

Space for this training course is limited to 15 students.


Additional Information

For questions about the course, interpretation, or scholarship information, email Erica Veal at

Erica Veal, Research Archivist and Interpretation at the Avery Research Center will instruct this CIG course. Erica has led tours across Charleston County since 2007, has been a Certified Interpretive Guide since 2011, and a Certified Interpretive Trainer since 2021″

MUSEUM TOURS: The Avery Research Center offers self-guided tours Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1030AM-12PM and 2PM-330PM. For large groups we ask you limit 25 people or fewer per time slot for self-guided tours. Due to staffing shortages Avery will not be offering guided tours to the general public for the remainder of 2023.

ARCHIVES: Researchers must have a consultation BEFORE making a research appointment.