University of Delaware graduate and undergraduate students spent the spring semester studying the Cooch’s Bridge Historic Site to learn how an historic property is interpreted, according to Delaware HCA.
The students, led by museum studies professor Kenneth Cohen, worked with numerous stakeholders, including DCA staff, directors of area museums, Native American representatives, and members of descendent communities, to understand the site’s relevance today.
They also tapped primary sources, such as the private papers of the Cooch family, to learn more about the site’s history and develop a vision for its future.
At the end of the course, students presented their own plans for how the site could be designed to allow people to learn about its history.
HCA will incorporate some of the students’ ideas into the master plan for Cooch’s Bridge Historic Site, currently underway.
Two of the students will intern at the site this summer, one through HCA and another through the Friends.