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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Webinar: Historic House Call: Keeping History Relevant

The History Relevance Campaign is a diverse group of history professionals posing questions about what makes the past relevant today. The Campaign serves as a catalyst for discovering, demonstrating, and promulgating the value of history for individuals, communities, and the nation.

We believe that history can have more impact when it connects the people, events, places, stories, and ideas of the past with people, events, places, stories, and ideas that are important and meaningful to communities, people, and audiences today.

Join Tim Grove of the National Air and Space Museum and Max van Balgooy of Engaging Places, LLC, as they discuss this important movement, how it impacts historic house museums, and how you can get involved.

This event is free, but preregistration is required.

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Historic House Call: Being Historic and Green

Historic Houses are part of the common good. We have a responsibility to our collections, our supporters, and our communities to make a positive impact.

How does that translate to the environment and going green – and in a reasonable way?

This webinar will include:

  • A super-brief orientation to the intersection of green and historic houses
  • A longer discussion of the value green brings to your work
  • Thoughts about sustainability as part of your interpretive message
  • Incorporating green into strategic planning that strengthens your institution and deepens your connection to the community.
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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

What is "Change" at Your Historic Site?

AASLH’s Historic House Committee is hosting a webinar, Talking About Change at Historic Sites on March 27 from 2-3 pm Eastern.


The focus of this presentation is talking about change (whatever that change is at your institution) and offering suggestions about talking about change with your board and staff at your historic site. Donna Ann Harris of Heritage Consulting Inc. will lead this online webinar discussion and provide some examples of historic sites that have talked about change and implemented it. Harris will look at how you can make change happen at your institution and creative ways to keep our historic houses sustainable.

Using Harvard Business School professor John Kotter’s book A Sense of Urgency, Ms. Harris will examine his  8 step change model including reasons for change, building a coalition, developing a vision and strategy, who to communicating  the change vision, empowering action, etc. Also for discussion is how to make change stick.

AASLH’s Historic House calls are meant to be a discussion which we invite you to engage in. We will provide ample time for questions and discussion by participants. The committee is dedicated to offer practical information that can be applied to house museums of any size and budget. This webinar is free for AASLH members, but preregistration is required.

Sign up today - http://resource.aaslh.org/view/historic-house-call-talking-about-change-at-historic-sites/

Kenneth C. Turino is the Manager of Community Engagement and Exhibitions at Historic New England. He also serves on the AASLH Historic House Affinity Group Committee and AASLH Council.