Carol Kammen comments on the abundance of museums that have been birthed in the last forty years.

While these museums are all created with the best of intentions, there are local consequences because many of these new societies and museums are enthusiastically begun without adequate endowments.

Kammen says that a well-functioning historical organization requires goals, thoughtfulness, staff and money to operate.

Additionally, a new institution needs to have the means for self-promotion, a clear idea of what it stands for, and a strong connection with people in the surrounding area.