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AASLH Hist House Museum Free Historic House Call March 27 by Williamhosley

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									AASLH Hist House Museum Free Historic House Call March
27, 2014
For the last decade there has been much talk about
“repurposing” historic house museums for new uses or users
because some just are not financially sustainable. Virtually
every national and some state history conferences over the
years have had at least one panel session about this topic.
It has been seven years since the second Kykuit Summit on
Historic Site Stewardship in the 21st Century and the
publication of New Solutions for House Museums, but what
have we actually learned about the process of change to
permit repurposing historic sites for new uses or users?
In that same period, there have been several state
government owners of historic sites have been forced, due to
draconian budget cuts, to make choices about which sites to
retain in their portfolios. But why has there been so little
fundamental change –so little “repurposing”–at nonprofit
owned historic house museums? Why is the conversation
with board members about change so hard?


The latest AASLH Historic House Call, scheduled for March
27 at 2 pm eastern, will talk about this dilemma and offer
some suggestions about talking about change with your
board and staff at your historic site, based on Harvard
Business School professor John Kotter’s book A Sense of
Urgency.


Donna Ann Harris of Heritage Consulting Inc. will lead this
online webinar discussion and provide some examples of
some historic sites that have talked about change and
provide ample time for questions and discussion by
participants. Ken Turino, manager of community
engagement and exhibitions at Historic New England will
moderate and offer his experiences during the call.


Historic House Calls are online discussions featuring hot
topics for historic house museums. Led by experts in the
field, and moderated by members of AASLH Historic House
Affinity Group Committee, they encourage attendees to join
in the discussion.


Historic House Calls are free and only open to
AASLH members. PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
Space is limited. Click here to register.
http://resource.aaslh.org/view/historic-house-call-
talking-about-change-at-historic-sites/

								
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