BROWSE RESOURCES ABOUT ‘Historic Houses’

  • Over the past decade there has been much hand-wringing about the decline and fall of the historic house museum and much attention paid to strategies for resuscitating or abandoning them. All the while, a key resource for expanding the meaning of historic sites, deepening the visitor experience, and enhancing sustainability lay right outside the door: […]

  • This leaflet discusses the needs and concerns associated with deaccessioning items from a museum. Museum collections must be constantly re-evaluated to make sure they are supporting the institution’s mission and interpretive goals, as well as meeting the needs of dynamic audiences. Removing objects from collections can involve issues of ownership, provenance, and property law, and […]

  • Table of Contents: On Doing Local History: Encounters with History by Carol Kammen The Whole is Great: My Turn to Tell the Story: Internships for People of Color by Monica S. Moncada Value of History: History is Hot Right Now: Can That Help Save the Profession? by Jason Steinhauer The Museum as Center for Social […]

  • Historic house museums no longer hold the same place they once did within the community. With membership and visitors in decline, many historical societies are struggling with ways to keep themselves relevant. The Moore-Youse House, operated by the Delaware County Historical Society, is no exception. Due to the increasing age of its members the Delaware […]

  • Table of Contents: “On Doing Local History: Two Grandfathers” by Carol Kammen “History Bytes: The End” Tim Grove “If It Was Easy, Anyone Could Do It: Training Professionals for History Institutions” by Rick Beard “Grappling with Unfolding Events” by Jason Crabill, Melanie A. Adams, and Kyle McKoy “Why Old Places Matter” by Thompson Mayes “Keeping […]

  • Downton Abbey may be over, but interest in the relationships between domestic servants and their employers lives on. Incorporating domestic servants into tours and programs continues to be an engaging way to provide a more inclusive and nuanced interpretation of the past. This Historic House Call will highlight primary source materials that can be applied […]

  • Detroit’s story reflects our own. Collectively and individually, we are constantly evolving, embracing new opportunities, and reacting to forces beyond our control. Navigating these contemporary challenges, while facing an unpredictable future, requires periodically re-thinking our direction.  In doing so, we rely on the past for context, examples, and inspiration. The role of a public historian […]

  • Across the country, museums and historic sites welcome visitors into a world long gone but fundamental to America today. Military history in particular is etched into our country’s culture and the public’s imagination. The trouble, though, for museums and historical sites lies in continuing to make it both accessible and relevant to today’s audiences. Utilizing […]

  • Historic sites are continuously looking for new revenue sources. Commercial filming has the potential to earn additional income and give your site great exposure. However, there are a lot of factors to consider, and guidelines to set in place, before signing the contract. This historic house call intends to provide resources, share dos and don’ts, […]

  • The History Relevance Campaign is a diverse group of history professionals posing questions about what makes the past relevant today. The Campaign serves as a catalyst for discovering, demonstrating, and promulgating the value of history for individuals, communities, and the nation. AASLH is proud to be a partner in this important effort. We believe that history can have more impact when it connects […]