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Franklin Vagnone is a Public Historian who leads the highly respected international cultural consulting firm Twisted Preservation. In addition, he is CEO of Old Salem Museums & Gardens and The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts. Prior to his current practice, Frank was Executive Director of the Historic House Trust of the City of New York (managed 23 historic sites in the five Boroughs of New York City), and The Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks (a collection of history sites and heritage tourism programs). He is the co-author of the best-selling museum-related book, The Anarchist’s Guide to Historic House Museums (with Professor Deborah Ryan) and his next book, “One-night Stands: Sleeping Around in Historic House Museums” is planned for 2021-22 (post-COVID times). Mr. Vagnone’s blog Twisted Preservation is read in over 90 countries. His professional practice concentrates on marginalized narratives and cultural institution innovations. His work has been recognized through numerous awards, and most recently Franklin was selected as the 2019 American Institute of Architects Advocacy Award Recipient and the Museum Association of New York (MANY) state’s prestigious Individual Achievement Award (2016).


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