New Solution for House Museums: Old and New Ideas for Financial Stability
Friday, November 4
12 - 1:30 PM EST
Learn how history organizations in South Dakota, Maryland, Massachusetts, and New Jersey, highlighted in the second edition of New Solutions for House Museums: Ensuring the Long-Term Preservation of America's Historic Houses, have become financially sustainable in a conversation between author Donna Ann Harris and Ken Turino of Historic New England.
Donna Ann Harris
Heritage Consulting, Inc.
Manager of Community Partnerships and Resource Development
Historic New England
Donna Ann Harris is the principal of Heritage Consulting Inc. a Philadelphia-based Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) consulting firm that aids non-profit organizations and government agencies nationwide in the following practice areas: downtown and commercial district revitalization, historic preservation, tourism product development, and non-profit organizational development.
In 2004, Ms. Harris won the James Marston Fitch Foundation Mid Career Fellowship to begin her research about historic house museums, alternative uses and stewardship responsibilities. For the last 17 years Ms. Harris has been speaking about and consulting with historic house museums about these matters. AltaMira Press published her book New Solutions for House Museums: Ensuring the Long-Term Preservation of America’s Historic Houses in 2007. This title has been the best seller for AltaMira Press since its publication. .A second edition was published by Rowman and Littlefield Publishers/AASLH in November 2020.
Ken Turino is Manager of Community Partnerships and Resource Development at Historic New England. A faculty member of Tufts University’s Museum Studies Department, Ken teaches Reimagining Historic House Museums. Ken’s most recent publication (2019), with Max van Balgooy, editors, is Reimagining the Historic House Museum, New Approaches and Proven Solutions. Ken frequently consults on interpretive planning and community engagement projects at historic sites including Montpelier in Orange, VA and recently the Morris-Jumel Mansion, New York and Trent House, Trenton, New Jersey. He is President of the House of Seven Gables Settlement Association in Salem, Massachusetts. He and Max van Balgooy are currently working on a book for AASLH on Interpreting Christmas at Historic Houses and Museums.
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