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This article addresses the growing problem of too many unsustainable house museums.

While many sites are certainly worth saving, many more simply do not have the staff or budget to maintain a house museum.

Donna Ann Harris offers ideas for alternatives for historic site owners who can no longer manage their site, but must retain a house museum.

She presents two solutions: leasing to another entity or sale to another nonprofit stewardship organization with easements. She also presents condensed case studies to illustrate her points.

She concludes that while house museums are still a vital part of the preservation movement, current stewards and grassroots activists need more models to assure that valuable historic properties can be sustained long term.