Webinar: Historic House Call: Planning for Special Events

This AASLH webinar, presented by Gennie Truelock and Tara Richards, provides examples and inspiration for planning special events at historic house museums. The webinar is presented by the AASLH Historic House Affinity Group as part of the Historic House Call webinar series, designed to connect staff and volunteers of historic house museums with leading experts in the field.

Details:

DATE: Tuesday, October 30

TIME: 3:00 – 4:15 pm EASTERN (Remember to adjust for your time zone!)

COST: $ Free Members / $30 Non-members

Closed captioning available upon advanced notice. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

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Description & Outcomes

Is your historic house museum rethinking its ability to generate community interest and relevance? Are you looking for new and exciting ways to engage your current visitors while attracting new ones? Expand your reach by putting on a special event! Whether you are a large historic site or a small house museum there are a multitude of ways to attract audiences while still meeting your mission goals. By providing your public with dynamic alternatives to a tour, your institution can break the mold of the traditional historic house museum and inspire curiosity and interest that also encourages repeat visitation. In this AASLH webinar, presenters Gennie Truelock (Workman & Temple Family Homestead Museum) and Tara Richards (Brucemore)  provide examples of special events that range from the small (20-100 people) to the large (1000+ people) that appeal to a variety of audiences and provide participants with practical tools and tips for planning and implementing a wide range of events.

Participant Outcomes:

  • Participants will understand that special events can be of any size and level of complexity and that good planning is key to having a smooth event.
  • Participants will be inspired to generate new event ideas while avoiding mission drift.
  • Participants will receive examples of event contracts for professional services and vendors, and tools that can be adapted for event planning at their site.

Speakers:

Gennie Truelock is the Programs Manager at the Workman & Temple Family Homestead Museum in California. She is an advocate of using storytelling methods as a tool to encourage audiences to see the relevance of the history that surrounds them, and has helped to implement a variety of programming experiences for visitors ranging from immersive tour experiences to theatrical presentations. She is a member of AASLH’s Historic House Museums Committee.

 Tara Richards joined the Brucemore staff as the Marketing and Program Associate in October of 2009. She has held multiple roles prior to becoming the Director of Community Engagement in 2015. She oversees the site's expansive event and program menu that engages 47,000 visitors a year, as well as the site's marketing efforts, visitor services, and interpretation.

 

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Historic House Call: Interpreting Historic Landscapes

Over the past decade there has been much hand-wringing about the decline and fall of the historic house museum and much attention paid to strategies for resuscitating or abandoning them. All the while, a key resource for expanding the meaning of historic sites, deepening the visitor experience, and enhancing sustainability lay right outside the door: the historic landscape. This webinar will examine the variety of ways in which sites across the country are approaching the interpretation of diverse historic landscapes, from large estates to small urban sites, in order to expand a site’s significance and stimulate engagement for contemporary audiences. Join Sean Sawyer as he presents case studies focused on extracting lessons from the front lines of historic landscape interpretation.  Issues examined will include: shifting organizational culture and public perception to understand the significance and value of historic landscapes; the development of site-wide interpretation to include historic landscapes as integral, rather than supplementary; the inclusion of viewsheds within the interpretation of historic landscapes; the logistics of landscape tours, including pricing, guide training, interpretive technologies, accessibility, and weather concerns; and tactics for community engagement through the historic landscape.

At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will: 1) look at their site's landscapes with fresh eyes and be inspired to promote and support their research and interpretation; 2) appreciate historic landscapes as integral, rather than supplementary, to historic structures and collections; 3) understand the concept of viewsheds as integral to historic landscapes; 4) learn about addressing the logistics of landscape tours, including pricing, guide training, interpretive technologies, accessibility, and weather concerns; and 5) appreciate historic landscapes as offering potent opportunities for community engagement.

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Details:

Date: November 2, 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 Speaker:

Sean Sawyer, Washburn & Susan Oberwager President, The Olana Partnership

Hudson, NY
A native of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, Sean received his Ph.D. in architectural history from Columbia University in 1999. Sean joined The Olana Partnership as President in May 2015.  Prior to this, he was the Executive Director of The Royal Oak Foundation, the American partner of the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Sean began his career as Executive Director of the Wyckoff House & Association, focused on the operation of the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. He currently serves on the Historic House Committee of the American Association for State and Local History and the Board of Directors of The American Friends of Attingham. Since his appointment as President of The Olana Partnership in May 2015, Sean has led the development of historic landscape restoration and interpretation at Olana State Historic Site.  As Executive Director of the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum, Sean oversaw the restoration of the historic landscape and the development of innovative community engagement projects that engaged the historic farm landscape.

 

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: 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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Details:

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 [email protected]

 

 

 

 

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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Webinar: Historic House Call: Religion and Historic House Interpretation

While introducing the topic of religion into regular museum tours can be tricky, there are some site histories that require some mention in order to fully understand the influence that faith had on that specific family or event. One such museum that deals with the issue of religion for that reason is Surratt House Museum in Clinton, Maryland, a historic property of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

During this webinar, Susan Proctor, education coordinator at Surratt House, will discuss the elements of religion that have been incorporated into the history of Mary Surratt and the museum. A member of the AASLH Religious History Affinity Group will serve as moderator for this session.

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