The National Council on Public History will be holding its 2015 conference in Nashville from April 15-18 and there are lots of sessions that will interest house museums and historic sites, including:
- Best Practices for Interpreting Slavery at Historic Sites and Museums
- Re-imagining Historic House Museums for the 21st Century with President Lincoln’s Cottage, Roger Brown Study Collection, and others
- On the Cutting Edge of American Historic Preservation: The Role of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association
- Religion, Historic Sites, and Museums with Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum, Ephrata Cloister, and others
- Historic Sites, Racialized Geographies, and the Responsibilities of Public Historians with the Lower East Side Tenement Museum and Weeksville Heritage Center
- The Woodrow Wilson Family Home: Our Story of a Radical Makeover
- Pulling Back the Curtain: Displaying the History-Making Process in Museums and Sites
- Hidden Histories: Cultural Amnesia, Interpretive Challenges, and Educational Opportunities
- Haunted Histories: Ghost Lore Interpretation at Historical Sites
Nashville also has many historic sites and NCPH will be offering walking tours and field trips on musical heritage, the state capitol, crime, Civil War, civil rights, and Fisk University. Nearby are several notable historic house museums, including the Hermitage, Belle Meade Plantation, and Belmont Mansion.
Registration is $240 and for members it’s $192. Sign up before March 4 as a member, and it’s only $167. For a copy of the preliminary program, visit http://bit.ly/NCPH2015prog.