The person interprets by saying "I do..." Using this technique, the interpreter role-plays a character, real or contrived, from a different time period. The interpreter actually does the same daily chores and activities of that era and pretends to live then. This requires that interpreters know a great deal about that society and their values. It also means that while the interpreter actually demonstrates aspects of life he/she, while in character, must relate what is being done without "breaking character." The visitor learns by seeing and conversing with an historical character.
The interpreter interprets by letting the visitor do, and by saying "You would have done..." This technique is designed for the visiting public to participate and learn through hearing and doing.
The interpreter interprets by saying "They did..." With this technique, the interpreter is a member of 20th Century society and explains history and historical concepts to the visitor. Dialogue is created between the interpreter and the public, but the interpreters can be themselves as they answer and need not pose answers in a 19th Century framework.
****Taken from the 6th Ohio Reenactors page. Full Credit given to them.
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