[Register for the May 20 New Orleans Workshop HERE]

This one-day symposium is designed to offer current thinking, practical information, and solutions to the challenges facing historic sites. The Historic House Museum in America is not dead nor are most of them dying. The field, however, needs to take time to reflect and renew as the world around our historic sites continues to change.

The symposium will include presentations, discussion, a boxed lunch, historic site visit, and a brainstorming workshop at the historic house museum to try out the new ideas proposed during the symposium.

Topics include:

The Five Forces that are Affecting Your Historic House Museum
Led by Max van Balgooy, President, Engaging Places, LLC

campbell house

Campbell House

Historic house museums face numerous challenges but figuring out which ones are serious or benign, urgent or important, temporary or long-term, isn’t easy. Max van Balgooy will present his analysis of the most important opportunities and threats facing historic sites in America based on the latest social and economic research, along with a discussion on strategies for responding to these external forces at your house museum.

Reinventing the Historic House Museum
Led by Ken Turino, Manager of Community Engagement and Exhibitions, Historic New England

The purpose of this session is to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the rewards and challenges facing historic house museums today. Historic sites are looking for creative and sustainable ways to make themselves relevant to their communities. What is very exciting now is that many sites have risen to this challenge using different models and ways of interpreting to look beyond traditional models. The presentation will look at specific ways and examples of how historic houses have engaged with their communities, implemented creative forms of interpretation and programming as well as ways to earn income all to become more sustainable.

The event also includes the perspective of a local historic site administrator as well as an onsite experience session at the historic house museum.

This workshop was inspired by a sold-out symposium presented by the Historic House Museum Consortium of Washington, DC at Gunston Hall in March 2014, and now has been taken nationally to various regions by the American Association for State and Local History.


The workshop is hosted by the Campbell House in Downtown St. Louis. It will be held at the St. Louis Public Library, Central Branch, 1301 Olive St., St. Louis, MO. Click here for a map of hotels in the area. Lunch is included with your workshop registration.

This workshop will also be offered on May 20 in New Orleans, LA. Click here to register for the New Orleans workshop.
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Historic House Workshop in 2015 - Photo by Max A. van Balgooy

Historic House Workshop in 2015 – Photo by Max A. van Balgooy