Historic sites and house museums are increasingly outsourcing management and visitor services functions to gain operating efficiencies and to control cost.  In this Historic House Call, Lawrence Yerdon, President and CEO of Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH, will discuss the pros and cons of outsourcing as a strategy and share his experience at outsourcing the management of Strawbery Banke’s gift shop.  The call will be moderated by Joshua Campbell Torrance, executive director of Woodlawn in Ellsworth, Maine, where outsourcing staff functions has been a successful management tool.

buildingsLawrence Yerdon is President of Strawbery Banke Museum – an urban living history museum telling the 300+ year history of Portsmouth, NH. Yerdon earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in history, and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has been active professionally serving as President of the New England Museum Association, on the Council of the American Association for State and Local History and as a grant reviewer for the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for Humanities & the Pew Charitable Trust. Previously Yerdon served as the President of Hancock Shaker Village, and as the Director/Curator of the Quincy Historical Society.

Historic House Calls are free online discussions featuring hot topics for historic house museums. Led by experts in the field and moderated by members of the AASLH Historic House Committee, they encourage attendees to join in the discussion. Attendance is limited to AASLH members.

Historic House Calls are free and only open to AASLH members.