Interpreting Historic House Museums

Interpreting Historic House Museums

by Jessica Foy Donnelly

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Times are changing at historic house museums and no one is more aware of this than the fourteen contributors to Interpreting Historic House Museums. These respected museum professionals consider the history of house museums and the need to look at familiar issues from new perspectives and using new methods. If your site isn't using a comprehensive interpretive plan, how can you create one? While doing so, how do you address contemporary issues like race and gender? Don't forget the physical either—does your property need a landscape plan as well as a furnishings plan? And, when your visitors arrive to see all your hard work, how accessible is your property? If the answer is not very, what can and should you be doing to address that? Once inside, how good are your tours and guides, and does your furnishings plan allow visitors to maximize their experiences in areas without guides? Interpreting Historic House Museums captures the big picture and the important details. Its discussion of contemporary issues and successful programs, its practical guidelines and information, up-to-date references, and lively illustrations will make it useful and relevant for both students and practicing professionals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780759116412
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 11/23/2002
Series: American Association for State and Local History
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 20 MB
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About the Author

Jessica Foy Donnelly was curator of collections at the McFaddin-Ward House for twelve years, during which time she co-edited American Home Life, 1880-1930: A Social History of Spaces and Services and The Arts and the American Home, 1890-1930. She is currently working on various house museum projects and previously worked for Old Salem, Inc., in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She received her B.A. in American studies and English from Salem College in Winston-Salem, and her M.A. in history museum studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program of the State University of New York at Oneonta.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2
Chapter 1: Past, Present, and Future: The Place of the House Museum in the Museum Community
Chapter 3
Chapter 2: Interpretation Planning: Why and How
Chapter 4
Chapter 3: Interpreting the Whole House
Chapter 5
Chapter 4: Making Gender Matter: Interpreting Male and Female Roles in Historic House Museums
Chapter 6
Chapter 5: Grounds for Interpretation: The Landscape Context of Historic House Museums
Chapter 7
Chapter 6: The Historic House Furnishings Plan: Process and Product
Chapter 8
Chapter 7: I Wish You Could Take a Peek at Us at the Present Moment: Infusing the Historic House with Characters and Activity
Chapter 9
Chapter 8: Balancing Our Commitments: Access and Historic Preservation
Chapter 10
Chapter 9: Historic House Tours that Succeed: Choosing the Best Tour Approach
Chapter 11
Chapter 10: Creating Memorable Visits: How to Develop and Implement Theme-Based Tours
Chapter 12
Chapter 11: Engaging Visitors Through Effective Communication
Chapter 13
Chapter 12: Building a Took Kit for Your Interpreters
Chapter 14
Chapter 13: Endless Possibilities: Historic House Museum Programs that Make Educators Sing
Chapter 15
Chapter 14: Programming at the Shadows: Education with a Mission

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