Reimagining Historic House Museums: New Approaches and Proven Solutions

Reimagining Historic House Museums: New Approaches and Proven Solutions

by Kenneth C. Turino, Max van Balgooy

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Drawing from innovative organizations across the United States, Reimagining Historic House Museums is an indispensable source of field-tested tools and techniques drawn from such wide-ranging sources as non-profit management, business strategy, and software development. It also profiles historic sites that are using new models to engage with their communities to become more relevant, are adopting creative forms of interpretation and programming, and earning income to become more financially sustainable.

The book is a combination of a museum conference, a hands-on workshop, and toolbox. It contains five main parts:

  1. Fundamentals and Essentials
  2. Audiences
  3. Different Approaches to Familiar Topics
  4. Methods
  5. Imagining New Kinds of House Museums

This authoritative guide from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) will help house museum boards, directors, and staff seeking a path forward in rapidly changing times. Graduate programs in public history, museum studies, curatorial studies, and historic preservation will discover models and approaches that will provoke lively discussions about the issues facing the field.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442272996
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/13/2019
Series: American Association for State and Local History
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Since 2015, co-editors Kenneth C. Turino and Max A. van Balgooy have led the popular reinventing historic house workshop for the American Association for State and Local History.

Kenneth C. Turino is Manager of Community Partnerships and Resource Development at Historic New England. He oversees community engagement projects throughout the New England states and is responsible for exhibition partnerships at the Eustis Estate, Langdon House, and Sarah Orne Jewett Museum and Visitor Center. He consults on interpretive planning and community engagement projects at historic sites, including Madame John's Legacy in New Orleans and the Palmer Warner House in Connecticut. Ken teaches courses on the future of historic houses in the Tufts University Museum Studies Program and is vice president of the board of the House of Seven Gables in Salem, Massachusetts.

Max A. van Balgooy is president of Engaging Places, a design and strategy firm that connects people and historic places. For more than thirty years, he has worked with a wide range of historic sites on interpretive planning and business strategy, including Cliveden, Molly Brown House, Haas-Lilienthal House, James Madison’s Montpelier, and Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. He is an assistant professor in the Museum Studies Program at George Washington University, directs the History Leadership Institute (formerly known as the Seminar for Historical Administration), and regularly leads workshops for the American Association for State and Local History.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Introduction by Kenneth Turino and Max A. van Balgooy
Part I Fundamentals and Essentials
Chapter 1 Imagining a Reimagining Process for House Museums by Max A. van Balgooy
Chapter 2 Enterprising House Museums by Lawrence J. Yerdon
Chapter 3 Evaluation is Not Just Nice, It is Necessary by Conny C. Graft
Chapter 4 The Essential Role of Boards in Reimaging House Museums by Donna Ann Harris
Chapter 5 Reaching New Heights with Volunteers in Historic House Museums by Alexandra Rasic
Chapter 6 Surviving a Capital Campaign: A Slightly Irreverent Guide to Fundraising by Nina Zannieri
Chapter 7 Success Factors for Small Historic House Museums by Monta Lee Dakin and Steve Friesen
Chapter 8 Reimagine House Museums: Loosen Up but Don’t Let Go! By Thomas A. Woods
Chapter 9 Value of History Statement by History Relevance
Part II Audiences
Chapter 10 Using Historic House Museum Audiences to Drive Change by Katherine Kane
Chapter 11 Cultural Heritage Travelers and Historic House Museums by Amy Jordan Webb
Chapter 12 Finding Numen at Historical Sites by Ron M. Potvin
Chapter 13 Community Engagement: Radical Renewal for Historic House Museums by Dawn DiPrince
Part III Different Approaches to Familiar Topics
Chapter 14 “Do Something Transformative” by Callie Hawkins and Erin Carlson Mast
Chapter 15 Listening for the Silences: Stories of Enslaved and Free Domestic Workers by Jennifer Pustz
Chapter 16 Interpreting Women’s Lives at Historic House Museums by Mary A. van Balgooy
Chapter 17 Where the Magic Happened by Susan Ferentinos
Chapter 18 Reflecting Race and Ethnicity in House Museums by Jane M. Eliasof and Claudia Ocello
Chapter 19 Why Do Furnishings Matter?: The Power of Furnishings in Historic House Museums by Laura C. Keim
Chapter 20 Rethinking Architecture in the Realm of House Museum Interpretation by Cheryl A. Bachand
Chapter 21 Looking Beyond the Front Door to Find Spirit of Place by Lucinda A. Brockway
Part IV Methods
Chapter 22 The Historic House Museum Tour: A Matter of Life and Death by Patricia West
Chapter 23 Everyone’s History Matters: School Programs at Historic New England by Carolin Collins
Chapter 24 Creating Minds-On Exhibitions in Historic House Museums by Robert Kiihne
Part V Imagining New Kinds of House Museums
Chapter 25 Reinventing the Historic House Museum: Three Potential Futures by Elizabeth Merritt with responses by Carol B. Stapp, Susie Wilkening, Brian Joyner, Jorge A. Hernandez, Emiliano ‘Nano’ Calderon, Nathan Ritchie, Barbara Silberman, and Joe McGill
Chapter 26 Yes, America, You Need Another House Museum (But Read This Book First) by Kenneth Turino
National and Regional Organizations
About the Editors and the Contributors

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