New Solutions for House Museums

New Solutions for House Museums

In New Solutions for House Museums Harris examines possible options and provides a decision-making methodology as well as a dozen case studies of house museums that have made a successful transition to a new owner or user.

Author: Donna Ann Harris

Publisher: AltaMira Press

ISBN: 9780759113824

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

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A generational shift is occurring at historic house museums as board members and volunteers retire while few young people step forward to take their place. These landmarks are also plagued by serious deferred maintenance, and many have no endowment funds. What will happen to these sites in the next ten years, and what can be done to assure their continued preservation for generations to come? In New Solutions for House Museums Harris examines possible options and provides a decision-making methodology as well as a dozen case studies of house museums that have made a successful transition to a new owner or user.
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Reimagining Historic House Museums

Reimagining Historic House Museums

This guide describes the essential elements of successful interpretation: content, audience, and methods.

Author: Kenneth C. Turino

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442272996

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

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Creating tours, school programs, and other interpretive activities at historic house museums are among the most effective ways to engage the public in the history of their community and yet many organizations fail to achieve their potential. This guide describes the essential elements of successful interpretation: content, audience, and methods.
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New Solutions for House Museums

New Solutions for House Museums

Ensuring the Long-Term Preservation of America's Historic Houses Donna Ann Harris. Celebrating the Transition How you choose to mark the transition occasion will depend on how they are observed in your house museum.

Author: Donna Ann Harris

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ISBN: 9781538120088

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"This substantially enlarged and expanded second edition provides advice for historic site stewards with concerns about the financial sustainability of their historic house museum and its relevance to its audience. Harris adds seven new case studies and updates ten others to showcase a range of alternative uses to safeguard these landmark buildings"--
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New Solutions for Historic House Museums

New Solutions for Historic House Museums

Harris adds seven new case studies and updates ten others to showcase a range of alternative uses to safeguard these landmark buildings.

Author: Donna Ann Harris

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 1538120070

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Page: 336

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This substantially enlarged and expanded second edition provides advice for historic site stewards with concerns about the financial sustainability of their historic house museum and its relevance to its audience. Harris adds seven new case studies and updates ten others to showcase a range of alternative uses to safeguard these landmark buildings.
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Historic House Museums

Historic House Museums

These are the homes of the earliest settlers, statesmen, frontiersmen, great writers, artists, architects, and industrial magnates. These are the places, carefully saved and preserved, that represent a cultural heritage.

Author: Sherry Butcher-Younghans

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195355505

Category: Business & Economics

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Historic house museums can be found in nearly every city in the United States and Canada. These are the homes of the earliest settlers, statesmen, frontiersmen, great writers, artists, architects, and industrial magnates. These are the places, carefully saved and preserved, that represent a cultural heritage. Despite their popularity, it is not uncommon to find museums that are in poor repair, their collections neglected and their staffs grossly overworked. Many are run by well-meaning and hard-working volunteers who have little or no professional training. Often they survive on shoestring budgets and are able to present only limited programs. Serving both as a hands-on guide and reference, this book examines these problems, offering practical advice and solutions which can be easily implemented. Its useful "lessons" include governance, where to find help, care of collections, conservation, security, and interpretation--all designed to increase the professionalism of the historic house museum.
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Historic House Museums in the United States and the United Kingdom

Historic House Museums in the United States and the United Kingdom

In 2005 the houses were incorporated as museum pieces in the Weeksville Heritage Center, now Brooklyn's largest African ... These sad and dangerous conditions make me turn to Harris's New Solutions for House Museums (2007) with hope.

Author: Linda Young

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442239777

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 312

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Historic House Museums in the United States and the United Kingdom: A History addresses the phenomenon of historic houses as a distinct species of museum. Everyone understands the special nature of an art museum, a national museum, or a science museum, but “house museum” nearly always requires clarification. In the United States the term is almost synonymous with historic preservation; in the United Kingdom, it is simply unfamiliar, the very idea being conflated with stately homes and the National Trust. By analyzing the motivation of the founders, and subsequent keepers, of house museums, Linda Young identifies a typology that casts light on what house museums were intended to represent and their significance (or lack thereof) today. This book examines: • heroes’ houses: once inhabited by great persons (e.g., Shakespeare’s birthplace, Washington’s Mount Vernon); • artwork houses: national identity as specially visible in house design, style, and technique (e.g., Frank Lloyd Wright houses, Modernist houses); • collectors’ houses: a microcosm of collecting in situ domesticu, subsequently presented to the nation as the exemplars of taste (e.g., Sir John Soane’s Museum, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum); • English country houses: the palaces of the aristocracy, maintained thanks to primogeniture but threatened with redundancy and rescued as museums to be touted as the peak of English national culture; English country houses: the palaces of the aristocracy, maintained for centuries thanks to primogeniture but threatened by redundancy and strangely rescued as museums, now touted as the peak of English national culture; • Everyman/woman’s social history houses: the modern, demotic response to elite houses, presented as social history but tinged with generic ancestor veneration (e.g., tenement house museums in Glasgow and New York).
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New Solutions for House Museums : Ensuring the Long - Term Preservation of America's Historic Houses By Donna Ann Harris . Lanham , MD : AltaMira Press , 2007 ; xi + 260 pp , illustrations ; paper $ 27.95 . process that boards ...

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Wisteria House

Wisteria House

“The Great Historic House Museum Debate.” Boston Globe, August 10, 2014. https://www.bostonglobe.com. Harris, Donna Ann. New Solutions for House Museums: Ensuring the Long-Term Preservation of America's Historic Houses. 2nd ed.

Author: Susan J Montgomery

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781538161869

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Page: 184

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Wisteria House: Life in a New England Home, 1839-2000 tells the story of the lives lived in a particular house in a particular town at a particular time based on the buildings, furnishings, clothing, personal effects, photographs, correspondence, and financial papers of two upper-middle class families.
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A Companion to Public History

A Companion to Public History

These and further options are examined in an important study, New Solutions for House Museums (Harris 2007). This study identifies a variety of crucial scenarios in house museum decline: aging boards; lack of endowment or financial ...

Author: David M. Dean

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118508947

Category: History

Page: 576

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An authoritative overview of the developing field of public history reflecting theory and practice around the globe This unique reference guides readers through this relatively new field of historical inquiry, exploring the varieties and forms of public history, its relationship with popular history, and the ways in which the field has evolved internationally over the past thirty years. Comprised of thirty-four essays written by a group of leading international scholars and public history practitioners, the work not only introduces readers to the latest scholarly academic research, but also to the practice and pedagogy of public history. It pays equal attention to the emergence of public history as a distinct field of historical inquiry in North America, the importance of popular history and ‘history from below’ in Europe and European colonial-settler states, and forms of historical consciousness in non-Western countries and peoples. It also provides a timely guide to the state of the discipline, and offers an innovative and unprecedented engagement with methodological and theoretical problems associated with public history. Generously illustrated throughout, The Companion to Public History’s chapters are written from a variety of perspectives by contributors from all continents and from a wide variety of backgrounds, disciplines, and experiences. It is an excellent source for getting readers to think about history in the public realm, and how present day concerns shape the ways in which we engage with and represent the past. Cutting-edge companion volume for a developing area of study Comprises 36 essays by leading authorities on all aspects of public history around the world Reflects different national/regional interpretations of public history Offers some essays in teachable forms: an interview, a roundtable discussion, a document analysis, a photo essay. Covers a full range of public history practice, including museums, archives, memorial sites as well as historical fiction, theatre, re-enactment societies and digital gaming Discusses the continuing challenges presented by history within our broad, collective memory, including museum controversies, repatriation issues, ‘textbook’ wars, and commissions for Truth and Reconciliation The Companion is intended for senior undergraduate students and graduate students in the rapidly growing field of public history and will appeal to those teaching public history or who wish to introduce a public history dimension to their courses.
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The Past and Future City

The Past and Future City

Ruth Graham, “The Great Historic House Museum Debate,” August 9, 2014, https://www.bostonglobe.com/ ... Donna Ann Harris, New Solutions for House Museums (Lanham, MD: Altamira Press, 2007), 4. Ibid. Meeks, “House Museums.

Author: Stephanie Meeks

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 9781610917094

Category: Architecture

Page: 351

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"In The Past and Future City, Stephanie Meeks, the president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, describes in detail, and with unique empirical research, the many ways that saving and restoring historic fabric can help a city create thriving neighborhoods, good jobs, and a vibrant economy. She explains the critical importance of preservation for all our communities, the ways the historic preservation field has evolved to embrace the challenges of the twenty-first century, and the innovative work being done in the preservation space now"--Provided by publisher.
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Encyclopedia of Local History

Encyclopedia of Local History

Increasingly sophisticated, visitors are challenging stories popular at historic house museums about the diminutive ... Donna Harris to write New Solutions for House Museums and Donovan Rypkema to produce a Feasibility Assessment Manual ...

Author: Amy H. Wilson

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442278783

Category: History

Page: 750

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The Encyclopedia of Local History addresses nearly every aspect of local history, including everyday issues, theoretical approaches, and trends in the field. This encyclopedia provides both the casual browser and the dedicated historian with adept commentary by bringing the voices of over one hundred experts together in one place. Entries include: ·Terms specifically related to the everyday practice of interpreting local history in the United States, such as “African American History,” “City Directories,” and “Latter-Day Saints.” ·Historical and documentary terms applied to local history such as “Abstract,” “Culinary History,” and “Diaries.” ·Detailed entries for major associations and institutions that specifically focus on their usage in local history projects, such as “Library of Congress” and “Society of American Archivists” ·Entries for every state and Canadian province covering major informational sources critical to understanding local history in that region. ·Entries for every major immigrant group and ethnicity. Brand-new to this edition are critical topics covering both the practice of and major current areas of research in local history such as “Digitization,” “LGBT History,” museum theater,” and “STEM education.” Also new to this edition are graphics, including 48 photographs. Overseen by a blue-ribbon Editorial Advisory Board (Anne W. Ackerson, James D. Folts, Tim Grove, Carol Kammen, and Max A. van Balgooy) this essential reference will be frequently consulted in academic libraries with American and Canadian history programs, public libraries supporting local history, museums, historic sites and houses, and local archives in the U.S. and Canada. This third edition is the first to include photographs.
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Interpreting Religion at Museums and Historic Sites

Interpreting Religion at Museums and Historic Sites

3 (Spring 2002): 7–8; Donna Ann Harris, New Solutions for House Museums: Ensuring the Long-Term Preservation of America's Historic Houses (Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press, 2007); Cary Carson, “The End of History Museums: What's Plan B?” The ...

Author: Gretchen Buggeln

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442269477

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

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Interpreting Religion at Museums and Historic Sites encourages readers to consider the history of religion as integral to American culture and provides a practical guide for any museum to include interpretation of religious traditions in its programs and exhibits.
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Starting Right A Basic Guide to Museum Planning

Starting Right  A Basic Guide to Museum Planning

Chitty, Gill, and David Baker, eds., Managing Historic Sites and Buildings: Reconciling Presentation and Preservation, Routledge, 1999 • Harris, Donna Ann, New Solutions for House Museums: Ensuring the Long-Term Preservation of ...

Author: Gerald George

Publisher: Rowman Altamira

ISBN: 9780759121393

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 168

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Are you thinking of starting a museum? Starting Right: A Basic Guide to Museum Planning uses straightforward, non-technical language to share the basics of museum planning in an evening’s read. The third edition has been fully revised and updated to address the current issues facing new museums, including the increasing use of digital technologies.
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Collections Vol 10

Collections Vol 10

In fact, Donna Harris' book New Solutions for House Museums guides house museum trustees to explore adaptive re-use upon realization that their house museum is no longer viable. Historic house museum staffs feel assailed and somewhat ...

Author: Collections

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442267886

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 160

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"Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals" is a multi-disciplinary peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the discussion of all aspects of handling, preserving, researching, and organizing collections. Curators, archivists, collections managers, preparators, registrars, educators, students, and others contribute.
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At Home in the Eighteenth Century

At Home in the Eighteenth Century

Donna Harris, New Solutions for House Museums: Ensuring the Long-Term Preservation of America's Historic Houses (Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press, 2007). See also Patricia West, Domesticating History: The Political Origins of America's House ...

Author: Stephen G. Hague

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000449396

Category: History

Page: 378

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The eighteenth-century home, in terms of its structure, design, function, and furnishing, was a site of transformation – of spaces, identities, and practices. Home has myriad meanings, and although the eighteenth century in the common imagination is often associated with taking tea on polished mahogany tables, a far wider world of experience remains to be introduced. At Home in the Eighteenth Century brings together factual and fictive texts and spaces to explore aspects of the typical Georgian home that we think we know from Jane Austen novels and extant country houses while also engaging with uncharacteristic and underappreciated aspects of the home. At the core of the volume is the claim that exploring eighteenth-century domesticity from a range of disciplinary vantage points can yield original and interesting questions, as well as reveal new answers. Contributions from the fields of literature, history, archaeology, art history, heritage studies, and material culture brings the home more sharply into focus. In this way At Home in the Eighteenth Century reveals a more nuanced and fluid concept of the eighteenth-century home and becomes a steppingstone to greater understanding of domestic space for undergraduate level and beyond.
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The Social Work of Museums

The Social Work of Museums

Graceffo, A. (2009) “Remnants of the Khmer Rouge: Genocide as Tourism Part I: The New Cambodian Land Mine Museum,” ... (2007) New Solutions for House Museums: Ensuring the Long-Term Preservation of America's Historic Houses, Lanham, ...

Author: Lois H. Silverman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135190491

Category: Art

Page: 208

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First Published in 2010. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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An American Association for State and Local History Guide to Making Public History

An American Association for State and Local History Guide to Making Public History

... 53 A Manifesto for Active History Museum Collections, 13–15 Mann, Stacey, 220–21 market research, 20, 30, 62, 76, ... Community History Project, 140–41 New Social History, 29–30, 149, 206 New Solutions for House Museums, 82 Norris, ...

Author: Bob Beatty

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442264151

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 260

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Gain insight into history organizations of all shapes and sizes in this book, which addresses the opportunities and challenges of public historians’ work through the prism of the past, present, and future of our communities and institutions, as well as the public history field itself. Featuring essays from some of the leading thinkers in the profession, this book not only looks at major themes as they relate to historians’ work but also inspires creativity in how they approach their work in an institutional and personal sense. The themes themselves are important, but even more important are the articles (presented here as chapters) that amplify the overarching themes. Chapters discuss in-depth and through real-world examples, the work of history organizations. They specifically focus on the challenges and opportunities that are important to any nonprofit (or small business)—entrepreneurship, change, transformation, possibility/opportunity, partnerships—but also those unique to history organizations, leverage the asset of history to: explore place, commemorate the past (and therefore better understand the present), demonstrate how it is people who make history, and discern how to use the past to chart the future. Together, An American Association for State and Local History Guide to Making Public History provides a roadmap of the national discussions the field of history museums and organizations is having regarding its present and the future.
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Heritage Planning

Heritage Planning

Harris, Donna Ann (2007), New Solutions for House Museums: Ensuring the Long-Term Preservation of America's Historic Houses (Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press). Heritage BC (2010), 'Victoria Must Pay For Designation,' Heritage at Risk <http:// ...

Author: Harold Kalman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429776748

Category: Architecture

Page: 544

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This new and substantially revised edition of Heritage Planning: Principles and Process offers an extensive overview of the burgeoning fields of heritage planning and conservation. Positioning professional practice within its broader applied and theoretical contexts, the authors provide a firm foundation for understanding the principles, history, evolution, debates, and tools that inform heritage planning, while also demonstrating how to effectively enact these processes. Few published works focus on the practice of heritage planning. The first edition of this book was developed to fill this gap, and this second edition builds upon it. The book has been expanded in scope to incorporate new research and approaches, as well as a wide range of international case studies. New themes reflect the emerging recognition that sustainability, climate resilience, human rights, social justice, and reconciliation are fundamental to the future of planning. Heritage Planning is indispensable reading, not only for professionals who transform the built environment, but for anyone who wants to understand the ideas and practices of heritage planning and conservation. For the benefit of student readers, twelve chapters—designed to accommodate the academic semester—are augmented with concise summaries, key terms and definitions, questions, and learning objectives.
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Leading the Historical Enterprise

Leading the Historical Enterprise

Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck: Why Some Thrive Despite Them All. New York: Harper Business, 2011. ... Harris, Donna Ann. New Solutions for House Museums: Ensuring the Long-Term Preservation of America's Historic Houses.

Author: Bruce W. Dearstyne

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780759124004

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 190

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Leading the Historical Enterprise presents new ideas and strategies for leading and innovating in museums, historical societies, historic sites, and other state and local history programs. The book blends insights from the best practices of model historical programs and museums with themes from the best recent studies of leadership.
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Harmony in Marriage

Harmony in Marriage

Historic buildings live a double life between climate-adapted largely-passive structures and draughty, poorly-maintained ones.

Author: Serena Gigliola Bolliger

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ISBN: OCLC:890205492

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Page: 372

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Historic buildings live a double life between climate-adapted largely-passive structures and draughty, poorly-maintained ones. Preservation professionals argue that preserving these structures is more resource effective than constructing new buildings, and that pre-electricity structures were built to take advantage of climate and geography, using passive technologies to perform efficiently. Modern technologies have also been adopted- electrical lights, air conditioning, fire alarms- as a natural progression of inhabitation. Yet in historic house museums, there is still the promise of historic representation, one unmarred by 'inauthentic' additions. If modern and past technological changes have been accepted and integrated, how is the historic house museum not a 'living building culture'? And if house museums are indeed a living building culture, why not allow a more flexible representation of our historic properties if they are interpreted with integrity and honesty? The EPA estimates that buildings represent 65% of the U.S. electricity use, and predictions estimate 80% of the 2030 building stock exists today. If we truly plan to reduce our energy consumption, we must confront the reality that existing buildings are a significant contributor to our output. If, as curators, it is our hope for historic buildings to represent preservation, then we must admit that in preserving the past for the future, we must begin by preserving our future. This thesis analyses the opportunities and risks for historic house museums to respect their historic interpretation but adapt to changing conditions. Examples of energy efficiency strategies both historic and current, will be examined in historic structures, illustrating that caretakers of historic buildings are making value judgments about the future of their property, in terms of environmental, fiscal and historical sustainability. This thesis includes the analysis of a case study historic house museum in Austin, Texas, the French Legation Museum, which is used as a base model for estimating energy efficiency gains from the adoption of some low-energy technologies. Calculations based on this information indicate which integrations and additions could offer the greatest return on investment for this historic building to operate as or more efficiently than a modern code construction without visible or egregious alteration to the historic fabric.
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