David A. Janssen, Bill Hosley, and Ron M. Potvin discuss issues surrounding funding and sustaining the large amount of historic house museums in the U.S.
Many supporters often feel an emotional obligation to preserve the living or working spaces of historical figures in their community.
While the reasons of keeping the houses intact and open to the public are plentiful, the funding to keep them preserved is much harder to come by.
Each author offers his opinion and suggestions through experience of working at sites such as these.
All contributors agree that historic houses are indeed valuable, object-rich teaching environments that hold different depths of meanings for each of the communities that they are home to.