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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.
Part 1 Part I: Assessment and Decision-Making Chapter 2 1. Current Trends in Historic House Museums Chapter 3 2. Is This Your House Museum? Chapter 4 3. Legal and Ethical Issues Chapter 5 4. The Decision-Making Process Chapter 6 5. Making the Transition Part 7 Part II: Solutions and Case Studies Chapter 8 6. Eight Solutions Explained Chapter 9 7. Case Study: Study Houses Historic New England Chapter 10 8. Case Study: Reprogram for Mission-Based Use Chapter 11 9. Case Studies: Co-Stewardship Agreements , Frank Lord Wright Preservation Trust Chapter 12 10. Case Studies: Asset Transfer and Merger Margaret Mitchell House and Museum and the Atlanta History Center, Cliveden of the National Trust and Historic Upsala Foundation Chapter 13 11. Long-Term Leases Hazelwood of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Chapter 14 12. Case Studies: Short-term LeasesHeritage Brunch, British Columbia Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and Women's Services Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust Chapter 15 13. Case Studies: Sale to a Private Owner with Easements Elfreth's Alley Association, Robert E. Lee Boyhood Home Chapter 16 14. Case Studies: Sale to a Nonprofit Stewardship Organization Casa Amesti Foundation, Heurich House Foundation Chapter 17 15. Case Study: Donation to a Governmental Entity 18 16. Conclusion
Posted July 8, 2014