BROWSE RESOURCES ABOUT ‘Historic Houses’

  • This study addresses the plight of history organizations whose prospects of long-term survival are precarious. With a pressing need for new models, this study questions fundamental assumptions about governance and funding. Discussions include: Sustaining Organizations Through Best Practices and New Approaches History As A Third World Country: Why History is Difficult to Sustain Characteristics of Unsustainable […]

  • With audiences more interested in food than ever before, and new research in food studies bringing interdisciplinary approaches to this complicated but compelling subject, museums and historic sites have an opportunity to draw new audiences and infuse new meaning into their food presentations. In Michelle Moon’s new book, you’ll find: A comprehensive, thematic framework of […]

  • Identifying and preparing for potential threats is critical for reducing risks to collections. In Part Two of this series, guest speaker Dyani Feige focuses on specific risks, both natural and man-made, facing cultural institutions and mitigation strategies for addressing those vulnerabilities. An institution’s history of incidents, location, building issues, environmental factors (temperature, relative humidity, light, […]

  • At a crossroads and facing an uncertain future, many historic house museums are reimagining themselves in response to specific needs in their communities. This panel will examine how several historic sites from around the country are creating vibrant connections with their constituents while ensuring their own long-term sustainability in the process. Presenters: Kendra Dillard, Director […]

  • Historic Houses are part of the common good. We have a responsibility to our collections, our supporters, and our communities to make a positive impact. How does that translate to the environment and going green – and in a reasonable way? Join Sarah Sutton and moderator Ken Turino to find out. This webinar will include: […]

  • This thorough volume published by Heritage Preservation includes 20 chapters written by leading preservationists. Topics include structural systems, fire protection, interior and exterior paint, wallpaper, flooring, lighting, heating systems, and other essential issues for maintaining and restoring historic houses. Photographs and how-to-guides make this an important resource for preservationists and homeowners. This publication comes in paper […]

  • Recorded as part of the 2014 AASLH Online Conference, this recording focuses on how PBS’ popular television show Downton Abbey has led to an increase in visitors’ interest in domestic service. Is your museum current with scholarship and new trends in interpretation of this phenomenon? This webinar discusses methods and strategies for revitalizing interpretation in […]

  • Join AASLH’s Middle Tennessee StEPs group for a one-day workshop focusing on evaluating and improving the interpretation at your museum or historic site. Max van Balgooy, president of Engaging Places, LLC, a design and strategy firm that helps connect people with historic places, will present effective strategies for interpreting history and the humanities at museums […]

  • Got too much stuff, but don’t know how to get rid of it without raising the ire of the locals?  Join Matt Davis, Director of the Old Governor’s Mansion in Milledgeville, GA, for a frank conversation on the good, the bad, and the ugly of streamlining your collection. During his career, Matt Davis has overseen […]

  • Have you heard about Sustaining Places? It’s an online encyclopedia of resources for small museums and historical organizations! As a collaborative project of the Museum Studies Program at the University of Delaware and the Tri-State Coalition of Historic Places, this website collects and shares examples of good ideas and best practices for small historical organizations. On this site, you can find example forms […]