Reimagining Historic House Museums Workshops Returning in 2023

Our last Reimagining House Museums workshop was held at Dumbarton House in Washington, DC in June 2019!

Ken Turino and I will once again lead our workshops on reimagining historic house museums in 2023 after taking several years off due to the pandemic. Our first workshop will be held at the Gamble House in Pasadena, California on Friday, April 1 and our second will be held at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio in Lancaster, Ohio on Thursday, June 22. AASLH is managing the workshop and registration is $325 but it’s $200 for AASLH members (and it’s $150 if you register by February 1!). Participation is limited to 25 people for the April workshop.

The workshop is closely related to the book, Reimagining Historic House Museums (2019), but we take a much deeper dive into the challenges facing house museums, assess current programs against a “double-bottom” line for a big-picture perspective, analyze the five forces that affect programs and events to find opportunities and obstacles, and highlight some of the ways that house museums have reinvented themselves. The day is packed with information and activities, but we take a good break in the middle of the day for lunch and we get to meet lots of other people who are working hard to make their historic site better. Plus it’s great fun!

2 thoughts on “Reimagining Historic House Museums Workshops Returning in 2023

  1. Bertheaud, Elizabeth

    Wish you were also offering this virtually for those of us without travel budgets.

    Elizabeth Bertheaud Historic Site Administrator Ephrata Cloister 632 West Main Street Ephrata, PA 17522 [cid:image001.png@01D9324B.57032460]


    1. Max van Balgooy Post author

      Ken and I had conducted a virtual version of the workshop but it seems to be most successful when the audience is all from the same organization. To best explain the tools and techniques, everyone needs to be familiar with the same historic site. We prefer to hold our workshop at an historic site, which can then be used as the case study for the workshop. However, AASLH is very much aware of the very limited (err, non-existent) funds for travel at most history organizations and already offer several onlline workshops, but I just learned that something big is in the works. Stay tuned!


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