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  • This article explores the connection between the historic freakshows of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and modern museums. Additionally, the article offers a short history of dime museums as predecessors to today’s museum. Most museums and exhibits still try to entertain the masses, but with an emphasis on education; there are some, however, that still […]

  • This document includes a list of materials that are acceptable for the storage of collections. The list is not exhaustive, but is a good starting point for selecting storage materials. Note that many of these materials may be marketed under different product or trade names. When choosing products, if the material-type is unclear or if […]

  • This curriculum is intended for use by service providers (field service programs, state and regional museum associations, etc.), consultants, and others who present training workshops for paid and unpaid staff of museums, historical societies, historic houses and other organizations. The curriculum content is based on standards in the StEPs program and geared for small- to mid-sized […]

  • Environmental management projects in four National Trust historic sites have demonstrated the inherent conflicts of installing HVAC systems in precious structures not built to function as museums. In this session, speakers review the various problems and discuss the different innovative suggestions for rethinking their approach to climate management systems at each site. Presenters: Barbara Campagna, National […]

  • English Heritage, which exists to promote the care and understanding of the historic environment, has produced this publication to give practical guidance on the management of commercial hospitality events. In offering a historic house as a hospitality venue, loans, insurance, and any statutory responsibilities should be considered at the outset. Its guidelines are set out […]

  • In May 2004 the American Museum of Natural History hosted a conference titled Museum SOS: Strategies for Emergency Response and Salvage. This website provides free downloadable documents and links to useful online resources. Documents are typically short outlines of how to address specific problems in the wake of disaster, such as how to salvage items […]

  • Knowing the right organizations to contact when disaster strikes helps heritage institutions respond effectively to emergencies. The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s webpage dedicated to emergency preparation and response provides links to organizations dedicated to disaster relief and national emergency preparedness initiatives. Some free resources are available for download, such as articles from the Trust’s […]

  • This website provides a compilation of useful links to disaster response and recovery resources. Links primarily focus on emergency preparedness resources related to collections and archival material. Particularly helpful is the compilation of support hotlines for institutions recently affected by disasters. The checklist and quick-tips section is also helpful for organizations in crisis. Information for […]

  • The Heritage Emergency National Task Force, sponsored by Heritage Preservation and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, provides resources for emergency preparedness focused on the needs of heritage organizations. The Task Force’s website provides numerous free downloads and links to other helpful websites for risk management, planning for emergencies, preparing historic properties, funding, training staff and […]

  • This webinar explored the realities of using the storage you have to the best benefit of collections. Guest Experts: Laura Hortz Stanton, Director of Preservation Services at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) Julia Clark, Curator of Collections at the Abbe Museum Host: Elsa Huxley, Director of Communications, Heritage Preservation Community Webinar: […]