We’ve all been reading about fresh and innovative ways historic house museum have met sustainability challenges, and stay relevant and valuable to their community.  In this 2014 AASLH Annual Meeting tour, visit three different houses, three different organizations, three different missions—tour each home, visit with staff to learn how each organization deals with the challenges in programming that only a house museum can present.

New Uses for Old Houses
Saturday, September 20
9 am–4:30 pm
Cost: $75

Begin with the Alexander Ramsey (2013 AASLH Award of Merit Winner) house, a second empire style historic house that recently rethought their programming resulting in new audiences.

Then, take in the American Swedish Institute, located in a castle-like built for the Turnblad family in 1908. In 1929 it became the home of the American Swedish Institute and their new restaurant, Fika.

Finally, the Le Duc Estate, located in Hastings Minne­sota, is one of the most complete unal­tered examples of the Andrew Jackson Downing style and recently underwent a complete restoration.


Tour fee in addition to Annual Meeting registration fees.