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.
Categories: Business & Economics

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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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

View: 882

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

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

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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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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.
Categories: Business & Economics

Historic House Museums in the United States and the United Kingdom

Historic House Museums in the United States and the United Kingdom

These sad and dangerous conditions make me turn to Harris's New Solutions for House Museums (2007) with hope. But though the book earned a second print run, ...

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 ...

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A Companion to Public History

A Companion to Public History

... are examined in an important study, New Solutions for House Museums (Harris 2007). This study identifies a variety of crucial scenarios in house museum ...

Author: David M. Dean

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118508947

Category: History

Page: 576

View: 547

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, ... Donna Ann Harris, New Solutions for House Museums (Lanham, MD: Altamira Press, ...

Author: Stephanie Meeks

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 9781610917094

Category: Architecture

Page: 351

View: 915

"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.
Categories: Architecture

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, ...

Author: Gretchen Buggeln

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442269477

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

View: 164

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.
Categories: Business & Economics

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 ...

Author: Collections

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442267886

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 160

View: 803

"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.
Categories: Business & Economics

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).

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.
Categories: History

The Social Work of Museums

The Social Work of Museums

Available HTTP: <http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2009/02/20/the-new- ... New Solutions for House Museums: Ensuring the Long-Term Preservation of ...

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.
Categories: Art

Stewards of Memory

Stewards of Memory

... see Richard Handler and Eric Gable, The New History in an Old Museum: ... report, 2007); Donna Ann Harris, New Solutions for House Museums: Insuring the ...

Author: Carol Borchert Cadou

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 9780813941530

Category: Architecture

Page: 280

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Mount Vernon, despite its importance as the estate of George Washington, is subject to the same threats of time as any property and has required considerable resources and organization to endure as a historic site and house. This book provides a window into the broad scope of preservation work undertaken at Mount Vernon over the course of more than 160 years and places this work within the context of America’s regional and national preservation efforts. It was at Mount Vernon, beginning with efforts in 1853, that the American tradition of historic preservation truly took hold. As the nation’s oldest historic house museum, Mount Vernon offers a unique opportunity to chronicle preservation challenges and successes over time as well as to forecast those of the future. Stewards of Memory features essays by senior scholars who helped define American historic preservation in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, including Carl R. Lounsbury, George W. McDaniel, and Carter L. Hudgins. Their contributions—complemented by those of Scott E. Casper, Lydia Mattice Brandt, and Mount Vernon’s own preservation scholars—offer insights into the changing nature of the field. The multifaceted story told here will be invaluable to students of historic preservation, historic site professionals, specialists in the preservation field, and any reader with an interest in American historic preservation and Mount Vernon. Support provided by the David Bruce Smith Book Fund and the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon.
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A Tough Little Patch of History

A Tough Little Patch of History

Donna Ann Harris, New Solutions for House Museums: Ensuring the LongTerm Preservation of America's Historic Houses (Lanham, MD: Atlamira Press, 2006), 131.

Author: Jennifer W. Dickey

Publisher: University of Arkansas Press

ISBN: 9781557286574

Category: Art

Page: 220

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DivJennifer W. Dickey is assistant professor and coordinator, public history program, Kennesaw State University. She is the author of A History of the Berry Schools on the Mountain Campus and co-editor of Museums in a Global Context: National Identity, International Understanding./div
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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

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:890205492

Category:

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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Preventive Conservation for Historic House Museums

Preventive Conservation for Historic House Museums

Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities ( SPNEA ) 141 ... They provide traditional and innovative solutions to specific problems in ...

Author: Jane Merritt

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0759112177

Category: Architecture

Page: 201

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Preventive Conservation for Historic House Museums describes the care routines that a historic house should practice to protect the site and its collections from damage, wear, deterioration, and catastrophic loss.
Categories: Architecture

Leading the Historical Enterprise

Leading the Historical Enterprise

Museums Matter: In Praise of the Encyclopedic Museum. ... Harris, Donna Ann. New Solutions for House Museums: Ensuring the Long-Term Preservation of ...

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.
Categories: Business & Economics

Public History

Public History

Historic Preservation: Collective Memory andHistorical Identity, New ... Harris, Donna Ann. New Solutions for House Museums: Ensuring the LongTerm ...

Author: Thomas Cauvin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317512431

Category: History

Page: 282

View: 224

Public History: A Textbook of Practice is a guide to the many challenges historians face while teaching, learning, and practicing public history. Historians can play a dynamic and essential role in contributing to public understanding of the past, and those who work in historic preservation, in museums and archives, in government agencies, as consultants, as oral historians, or who manage crowdsourcing projects need very specific skills. This book links theory and practice and provides students and practitioners with the tools to do public history in a wide range of settings. The text engages throughout with key issues such as public participation, digital tools and media, and the internationalization of public history. Part One focuses on public history sources, and offers an overview of the creation, collection, management, and preservation of public history materials (archives, material culture, oral materials, or digital sources). Chapters cover sites and institutions such as archival repositories and museums, historic buildings and structures, and different practices such as collection management, preservation (archives, objects, sounds, moving images, buildings, sites, and landscape), oral history, and genealogy. Part Two deals with the different ways in which public historians can produce historical narratives through different media (including exhibitions, film, writing, and digital tools). The last part explores the challenges and ethical issues that public historians will encounter when working with different communities and institutions. Either in public history methods courses or as a resource for practicing public historians, this book lays the groundwork for making meaningful connections between historical sources and popular audiences.
Categories: History