Respected museum professionals discuss contemporary issues and successful programs, and offer practical guidelines and information, up-to-date references, and lively illustrations in this wide-ranging volume. Interpreting Historic House Museums captures the big picture and important details. Its scope and accessbility will make it useful and relevant for both students and practicing professionals.
Jessica Foy Donnelly was curator of collections at the McFaddin-Ward House for twelve years, during which time she co-edited American Home Life, 1880-1930: A Social History of Spaces and Services and The Arts and the American Home, 1890-1930. She is currently working on various house museum projects and previously worked for Old Salem, Inc., in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She received her B.A. in American studies and English from Salem College in Winston-Salem, and her M.A. in history museum studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program of the State University of New York at Oneonta.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Chapter 1: Past, Present, and Future: The Place of the House Museum in the Museum Community Chapter 3 Chapter 2: Interpretation Planning: Why and How Chapter 4 Chapter 3: Interpreting the Whole House Chapter 5 Chapter 4: Making Gender Matter: Interpreting Male and Female Roles in Historic House Museums Chapter 6 Chapter 5: Grounds for Interpretation: The Landscape Context of Historic House Museums Chapter 7 Chapter 6: The Historic House Furnishings Plan: Process and Product Chapter 8 Chapter 7: "I Wish You Could Take a Peek at Us at the Present Moment": Infusing the Historic House with Characters and Activity Chapter 9 Chapter 8: Balancing Our Commitments: Access and Historic Preservation Chapter 10 Chapter 9: Historic House Tours that Succeed: Choosing the Best Tour Approach Chapter 11 Chapter 10: Creating Memorable Visits: How to Develop and Implement Theme-Based Tours Chapter 12 Chapter 11: Engaging Visitors Through Effective Communication Chapter 13 Chapter 12: Building a Took Kit for Your Interpreters Chapter 14 Chapter 13: Endless Possibilities: Historic House Museum Programs that Make Educators Sing Chapter 15 Chapter 14: Programming at the Shadows: Education with a Mission