New Solutions for House Museums: Ensuring the Long-Term Preservation of America's Historic Houses / Edition 1

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Overview

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, Donna Ann 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.

About the Author:
Donna Ann Harris founded the nationwide consulting firm Heritage Consulting Inc.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal Of Museums Aotearoa
Harris' message is prudent and pragmatic and the operating circumstances surrounding her case studies of house museums that have successfully made the transition to a new owner or a new use will be very familiar to many small museum operators...
Richard Moe
Taking care of an old house isn’t easy, and being a responsible steward of a historic house museum is particularly challenging. In this thoughtful book, Donna Harris offers advice that can help boards and staff ask tough questions—and, if necessary, make tough decisions—to ensure a viable future for the historic resources they manage.
David G. DeLong
Donna Ann Harris brings unique insights to a critical problem facing advocates of historic preservation: the proliferation of house museums, too often under-funded and under-staffed. Through penetrating analysis of actual as well as hypothetical cases, she outlines how transitions to new uses and new owners can best achieve the desired result of saving the building itself. This book should be required reading for anyone even remotely connected with running a house museum.
November 2008 Museums Australia Magazine
This publication brings together a number of workable solutions for a contemporary issue of concern....Timely, concise, practical, well researched....and written in everyday language, this is a handy management tool.
The Public Historian
Harris's book is organized in a very clear fashion....At every step, the author displays an emphatic objectivity....Harris comes well positioned to write such a book....Donna Harris has done a great service for historic house museums and the people who are passionate about them.
The Journal Of Heritage Stewardship, University of Michigan, Winter 2009 - Michelle McClellan
In this book, Donna Ann Harris, a preservation consultant with more than 20 years of experience, provides a critical resource for boards, staff, and volunteers at historic house museums, who need to consider whether creative alternatives to the house museum model may allow them to better realize their fundamental obligation—the preservation of the house.
Terry Dickinson
I would certainly recommend this book to my colleagues in the historic house museum community who may be facing house museum sustainability challenges, and who may be able to use the contents and insights offered in this book as a source of inspiration, and/or as a catalyst for moving their institution forward in pursuit of a successful alternative.
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Meet the Author

Donna Ann Harris has over twenty years of experience as an educator, program designer, and executive. She has worked in all levels of government and the non-profit sector in the historic preservation field. She has earned a Masters in Governmental Administration from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Historic Preservation from Columbia University.

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Table of Contents


List of Figures     vii
Acknowledgments     ix
Assessment and Decision Making
Current Trends in Historic House Museums     3
Is This Your House Museum?     21
Legal and Ethical Issues     27
The Decision-Making Process     41
Making the Transition     65
Solutions and Case Studies
Eight Solutions Explained     81
Case Study: Study Houses     103
Historic New England
Case Study: Reprogram for Mission-Based Use     107
Nantucket Historical Association
Case Studies: Co-Stewardship Agreements     121
Historic Adams House
Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust
Case Studies: Asset Transfer and Merger     129
Margaret Mitchell House and Museum and the Atlanta History Center
Cliveden of the National Trust and Historic Upsala Foundation
Case Study: Long-term Leases     139
Hazelwood of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Case Studies: Short-term Leases     155
Heritage Branch, British Columbia Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and Women's Services
Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust
Case Studies: Sale to a Private Owner with Easements     181
Elfreth's Alley Association
Robert E. Lee Boyhood Home
Case Studies: Sale to a Nonprofit Stewardship Organization     205
Casa AmestiFoundation
Heurich House Foundation
Case Study: Donation to a Governmental Entity     225
Adel Historical Society
Conclusion     229
Bibliography     237
Index     247
About the Author     259
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