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In a time where many house museums have come to a crossroads between funding and programming, the authors of this article describe some of the ways their own sites have begun to rethink their roles in the community.

They believe that house museums are places where profound personal connections to history can be found.

Additionally, they are the carriers of great stories that show people the meaning of where they live.

This becomes a strong basis for a site to offer leadership in training, sustainability, and networks for community action.

This article presents some of the ways to connect an institution’s preservation mission with the needs of the community.