If you’re looking to sharpen your house museum or historic site, AASLH is offering two workshops in the next couple months that are just for you. I’m co-teaching in both of them, but discussing very different topics:
“Reinventing the Historic House Museum” on March 22, 2017 at Cliveden in Philadelphia, PA. Ken Turino and I will explore techniques, processes, and examples for reimaging historic house museums, using Cliveden as a case study and exercises that are based on your historic site. Unfortunately, this workshop has already sold out with fifty participants, however, additional workshops are under consideration in other regions.
“Historic House Museum Issues and Operations” on April 6-7, 2017 at the Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH. George McDaniel and I provide a broad overview of the management of house museums, which I consider one of the most complex responsibilities in the museum field (who else puts their most important object outside 24/7?). We cover a lot of territory in two days, from boards to fundraising, from collections to interpretation, from sustainability to disaster preparedness. It’s ideal for those who are opening a house museum or a new director of a house museum, but I’ve found that even those who are working in established house museums benefit because it allows you to step back and get the big picture. With more than three dozen historic houses from the 17th to the 20th century, the Strawbery Banke Museum is a great place to study house museums of every variety, plus Portsmouth is a charming New England town. Registration is $270 members/$385 nonmembers, but you get $40 off registration if you book by March 2. If you can act fast, you can save an additional $50 off of the early-bird rate (that’s $90) if you book today (midnight, Thursday, February 23) by using the code “HHMFlash.”
These two workshops are offered annually and travel around the country, often at the request from a historic site or house museum. If you’d like to bring one of these workshops to your region, contact Amber Mitchell at AASLH at 615-320-3203 x 814.