Historic House Call: Developing Discussion Based Interpretation

Conversation. Chat. Dialogue. Discussion. These are words that visitors may not often associate with the guided tour. However, historic house museums have the unique opportunity to invite visitors in, offer them a place to sit, and give them a voice. This webinar illustrates how conversation promotes individual and group learning and helps to build connections to historic sites. It will provide strategies for encouraging conversation and discussion on tours, including asking the right questions, listening, and breaking down barriers to comfort and connection. Attendees will also receive resources and training materials for interpreters.

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Date: August 23, 2017

Time: 3pm EST/2pm Central/1pm Mountain/12pm Pacific/10am Hawaii/4pm Atlantic

Cost: Free for AASLH members/$40 nonmembers

 

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About the Instructor:

Jessica VanLanduyt is Deputy Mission Officer at the Atlanta History Center. She is responsible for interpretation of the center’s four historic house museums and works collaboratively to implement mission related institutional objectives. Jessica holds a Master’s Degree in Heritage Preservation with a concentration in Public History from Georgia State University in Atlanta.

About the Facilitator:

Ron M. Potvin is Assistant Director & Curator of the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities & Cultural Heritage at Brown University. His responsibilities include preservation and interpretation of the National Historic Landmark Nightingale-Brown House (1792) and its collections and overseeing gallery spaces and exhibitions. He also teaches courses on historic house museums, museum collections, and material culture. He can be contacted at ronald_potvin@brown.edu.

 

 

 

 

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

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Historic House Call: How to Preserve Your Historic Building

Rehabilitating and preserving an historic building can be challenging...unless you have the right tools! Come learn about the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Rehabilitation of Historic Structures, the methods for applying them to your historic building, and how they can help you apply for funds!

Historic Buildings are simultaneously the largest asset and the greatest
liability for many organizations.  This webinar will provide an overview of the tools available for funding, and the Standards most often associated with those funding tools. This webinar will primarily focus on the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. The presenters will provide an overview of the four different treatment types, and review in detail, the most commonly-used treatment: Rehabilitation.  Each of the ten Rehabilitation Standards will be reviewed, illustrating with examples how they are applied.

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Date: May 11, 2017

Time: 3pm EST/2pm Central/1pm Mountain/12pm Pacific/10am Hawaii/4pm Atlantic

Cost: Free for AASLH members/$40 nonmembers

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Objectives

  • Learn about the types of funding sources for historic building rehabilitation
    that most commonly require adherence to the Secretary of the Interior's
    Standards
  • Learn about the Secretary of the Interior's Standards, the four treatment types,
    and how to select the appropriate type.
  • Learn about the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation and
    how to apply them.

Who should attend?

Facilities Managers and Directors of Historic Buildings

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About the Instructors:

Petra Knapp

Ms. Knapp holds a master's degree in Historic Preservation, specializing in American Architectural History. As an architectural historian, Ms. Knapp regularly completes historic structure surveys and evaluations. She is an experienced public speaker in the field of history and preservation, and is a past lecturer at the Ohio Local History Alliance annual meeting. Ms. Knapp serves on the board of several local preservation organizations, and is currently the chair of the Historical Authentication Committee for the Century Homes Association in Northeast Ohio.

Lauren Burge

Lauren Burge is a registered architect and principal of Chambers, Murphy & Burge Historical Architecture, a studio of Perspectus Architecture.  Ms. Burge is a graduate of the Kent State College of Architecture and Environmental Design. She holds a certificate in Optical Microscopy from the Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education.   Chambers, Murphy & Burge created the first commercial National Register Historic District in downtown Akron.  To date, the historic tax credit work of the firm has leveraged over $46 million dollars of construction in the greater Akron area, and over $150 million dollars statewide.

 

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

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Historic House Call: Risk Assessment in Historic Houses

Historic houses present unique issues in their preservation needs, especially in terms of disaster preparedness. This webinar will explore those needs through a discussion of hazards, risk assessments and evaluations, and mitigation methods – all with a focus on historic houses.

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Format: Webinar

Date: March 2, 2017

Cost: Free for AASLH members/$40 nonmembers

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About the Speakers: 

Samantha Forsko is the Preservation Specialist at the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA), where she primarily works with institutions and their collections. She conducts on-site preservation needs and risk assessments and assists with preservation and emergency planning. She also develops and presents educational programs and provides technical information to libraries, archives, museums, historic sites, and other cultural institutions.  Since starting at the Center in 2015, Samantha has also been the project manager of the Pennsylvania Cultural Resilience Network (PaCRN), aiming to improve emergency response and preparedness for cultural institutions across the state.

Before joining CCAHA, Samantha worked at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as a collections manager. In addition to providing long-term care for the nearly 200,000 permanent collection objects owned by LACMA, she also served on the Emergency Preparedness Committee, responsible for writing, updating, and training the 300 member staff on the implementation of the institution’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan. She has previously worked as a conservation technician for the Regional Arts and Culture Council and Cascadia Art Conservation Center, both in Portland, Oregon, primarily providing preventive maintenance and care for outdoor public art collections. Samantha received her MA in Arts Management with a focus on Archival and Museum Studies from Claremont Graduate University, in Claremont, California, writing her master’s thesis on Emergency Preparedness in Cultural Institutions.

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


Webinar: Historic House Call: Interpreting Servants

Downton Abbey may be over, but interest in the relationships between domestic servants and their employers lives on. Incorporating domestic servants into tours and programs continues to be an engaging way to provide a more inclusive and nuanced interpretation of the past. This Historic House Call will highlight primary source materials that can be applied broadly to the interpretation of domestic service and examples of successful tours and programs. Participants are encouraged to bring questions and examples to share.

Cost: Free for AASLH Members/ $40 Nonmembers

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Historic House Call: Lights, Cameras, Action, Oh My! Filming at Your Historic Site

Historic sites are continuously looking for new revenue sources. Commercial filming has the potential to earn additional income and give your site great exposure. However, there are a lot of factors to consider, and guidelines to set in place, before signing the contract. This historic house call intends to provide resources, share do's and don’ts, and answer questions associated with filming.

Listen in and chat with Jessica VanLanduyt, Historic House Manager at the Atlanta History Center and AASLH Historic House Committee member, as she shares her experience with filming at two historic houses, and provides tips and resources for dealing with all aspects of film shoots. Jessica has supervised two feature film shoots, reality and television shows, an art film, and news media filming. Swan House is President Snow’s Executive Mansion in three of four Hunger Games films, has been featured in The Amazing Race 19, Vampire Diaries, and numerous reality television shows. AASLH Historic House Committee member, Joshua Campbell Torrance will serve as moderator and provide additional insight from his experience with filming.

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Historic House Calls: Using Futures Thinking to Navigate Ongoing Change

This House Call introduces basic concepts of strategic foresight and examines how historical organizations can play a role in responding to, and preparing for, continual change. We will review helpful foresight techniques and discuss how historic house museums can integrate futures thinking into their strategic planning and daily operations.

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.

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August 20, 2014
2-3 pm eastern
Deadline for Registration: August 15
Free for AASLH Members