Why are historic houses necessary to their communities? How are historic house museums unique? During lively group discussions and activities, participants will explore management, collection, and interpretation issues to answer these questions. Participants will become familiar with interpretive themes, storylines, and plans. They will also take part in an interpretive exercise focused on designing more exciting house tours. Other topics include marketing, volunteers, earned income, membership programs, and care of buildings and landscapes. Each participant will work on an important issue or problem during the workshop.
The Historic House Museums – Issues and Operations workshop is organised by the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and will look at the unique needs, management, and interpretation of historic houses.
Further information, including a full programme and registration details, are available here.
Instructors: George McDaniel, Drayton Hall, Charleston, SC; Max van Balgooy, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington, DC
Location: National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington, DC
Dates: March 22 – 23, 2012
Fees: $250 members / $325 nonmembers; $20 discount if payment is received by 17th February 2012