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This substantially enlarged and expanded second edition of New Solutions for House Museums: Ensuring the Long-Term Preservation of America's Historic Houses provides advice for historic site stewards that have concerns about the financial sustainability of their historic house museum and its relevance to its local audience. Seven new case studies have been added for the second edition.
The new case studies reinforce the book's central argument that not every historic house museum, whether founded 100 years ago or last month, can be sustained long-term.
Three of the new case studies are from diverse historic sites, showcasing how African American, women, and other minority-focused historic sites are pioneering new ways to commemorate their histories and interpret fascinating stories to visitors, with the end goal of creating financially sustainable historic sites that are relevant to their audience. New interviews have been conducted with the ten existing case studies from the first edition to bring them up to date.
The new edition adds two new reuse options to the eight introduced in the first edition.
This chapter describes how to identify and implement a reuse decision, costs and advisors needed, and tips on decision making.
There is a new chapter-long interview with Tom Mayes, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, on recent legal and ethical issues facing historic sites.
Another new chapter provides advice on the essential role of the historic site's Board of Directors as the decision maker for any reuse exploration.
The second edition of New Solutions for House Museums contains a new introduction to the second edition, an updated conclusion, bibliography, and index.
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