Kenneth C. Turino discusses the growing concern in the field about the sustainability of historic house museums. He says that house museum need to be reinvented in order to make them less static and a vital part of their community.

He hashes out the issues surrounding creating and sustaining the current and potential house museums in America by using the Fogg-Rollins House in New Hampshire as a case study. This study illustrates the process the trustees followed to come to an informed decision about the fate of the house and its collections.

The author suggests that preservation is the starting point to focus on how a historic house and its collections will best serve a public purpose in their communities.