Anarchist's Guide to Historic House Museums Pdf

Anarchist's Guide to Historic House Museums

Number of page: 210
Author: Franklin D Vagnone, Deborah E Ryan
Publisher: Left Coast Press
ISBN: 9781629581736
Category: History

In these days of an aging traditional audience, shrinking attendance, tightened budgets, increased competition, and exponential growth in new types of communication methods, America’s house museums need to take bold steps and expand their overall purpose beyond those of the traditional museum. They need not only to engage the communities surrounding them, but also to collaborate with visitors on the type and quality of experience they provide. This book -is a ground-breaking manifesto that calls for the establishment of a more inclusive, visitor-centered paradigm based on the shared experience of human habitation; -draws inspiration from film, theater, public art, and urban design to transform historic house museums; -provides a how-to guide for making historic house museums sustainable, through five primary themes: communicating with the surrounding community, engaging the community, re-imagining the visitor experience, celebrating the detritus of human habitation, and acknowledging the illusion of the shelter’s authenticity; -offers a wry, but informed, rule-breaking perspective from authors with years of experience; -gives numerous vivid examples of both good and not-so-good practices from house museums in the U.S.

Preview pages:
  • preview 1
  • preview 2
  • preview 3
  • preview 4

About The Author

Franklin Vagnone has professional experience in preservation, architecture, design, landscape architecture, archive formation and management. He was the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks (PSPL) for four years and managed four Historic House Museums. In 2008 Vagnone became the Executive Director of the Historic House Trust of New York City, where he manages 23 Historic House Museums. Vagnone has won numerous awards, including two Lucy G. Moses Awards from the New York Landmarks Conservancy, the Award of Excellence from the Greater Hudson Heritage Network, and the Award of Merit from the Museum Association of New York. He serves on numerous nonprofit boards, such as the Greater Hudson Heritage Network and the Advisory Board for the national organization Partners for Sacred Places. His expertise and knowledge are utilized as a grant reviewer for the New York State Culture and Arts Panels. In addition to his passion for architecture and preservation, Vagnone also paints and sculpts, regularly writes on his blog TWISTED PRESERVATION, moderates the international LinkedIn Discussion group The Anarchist Guide to Historic House Museums, and tweets about museums on @Franklinvagnone and @museumanarchist.

Deborah Ryan, RLA is an associate professor of architecture and urban design at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, where she founded the Charlotte Community Design Studio as the community outreach arm of the university. As director of the Mayor’s Institute for City Design: South and the Open Space Leadership Institute, she led symposia that taught local leaders how to face growth issues in their communities. Ryan has also served as a faculty member at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and as a visiting critic at Columbia University. Ryan designed and developed WikiplanningTM as an online site for increasing civic engagement in the community planning process. She has published and lectured widely on the subject of community engagement, and in 2013 she was named a Senior Edward I. Koch Fellow by the Historic House Trust of New York City to lead civic engagement efforts for the LatimerNOW project.

Similar books:
  • The Objects of Experience: Transforming Visitor-Object Encounters in Museums

    The Objects of Experience: Transforming Visitor-Object Encounters in Museums
    What if museums could harness the emotional and intellectual connections people have to personal and everyday objects to create richer visitor experiences In this book Elizabeth Wood and Kiersten Latham present the Object Knowledge Framework a tool for using objects to connect museum visitors to themselves to others and to their world They discuss the key concepts underpinning our lived experience of objects and how museums can learn from them Then they walk readers through concrete methods for transforming visitor object experiences including exercises and strategies for teams developing exhibit themes messages and content and participatory experiences

  • Historic House Museums: A Practical Handbook for Their Care, Preservation, and Management

    Historic House Museums: A Practical Handbook for Their Care, Preservation, and Management
    Historic house museums can be found in nearly every city in the United States and Canada These are the homes of the earliest settlers statesmen frontiersmen great writers artists architects and industrial magnates These are the places carefully saved and preserved that represent a cultural heritage Despite their popularity it is not uncommon to find museums that are in poor repair their collections neglected and their staffs grossly overworked Many are run by well meaning and hard working volunteers who have little or no professional training Often they survive on shoestring budgets and are able to present only limited programs Serving both as a hands on guide and reference this book examines these problems offering practical advice and solutions which can be easily implemented Its useful lessons include governance where to find help care of collections conservation security and interpretation all designed to increase the professionalism of the historic house museum

  • The Art of Museum Exhibitions: How Story and Imagination Create Aesthetic Experiences

    The Art of Museum Exhibitions: How Story and Imagination Create Aesthetic Experiences
    Leslie Bedford former director of the highly regarded Bank Street College museum leadership program expands the museum professional s vision of exhibitions beyond the simple goal of transmitting knowledge to the visitor Her view of exhibitions as interactive emotional embodied imaginative experiences opens a new vista for those designing them Using examples both from her own work at the Boston Children s Museum and from other institutions around the globe Bedford offers the museum professional a bold new vision built around narrative imagination and aesthetics merging the work of the educator with that of the artist It is important reading for all museum professionals

  • Online Distance Education: Historical Perspective and Practical Application

    Online Distance Education: Historical Perspective and Practical Application
    Many educators and the public are interested in online distance education in particular Internet based schooling The underlying assumption is that this is a new and untested fad in education This is due in part to a lack of documentation within academia of the early development of online distance education and in part to a shortage of experienced practicing online schools On the Internet one may become confused by the flurry of activity and by the various claims from organizations that they are providing a revolutionary method of instruction online teaching Furthermore many people are unaware of the long and distinguished history of distance education itself that is the root of current day Internet based schooling Despite the uncertainty the public is clearly demanding online distance education This dissertation helps to resolve these problems This study fills various needs for the purpose of showing the effective application of online distance education Educational administrators teachers and the public must be assured that online distance teaching is a valid and proven instructional method Furthermore administrators and teachers need to know what to expect when planning operating and teaching in an online school Through historical analysis and the presentation of a practicing Internet based school this study fills these needs This dissertation results from fifteen years of independent study and research by the author combined with professional experience in the field of online distance education including Internet based school design and operation Conclusions result from published studies in distance education from research conducted in the 1980s concerning publicly available online distance education and from experience in developing administrating and teaching in an international Internet based school that has been in continual operation online since 1986 The author concludes that 1 online distance education has a proven track record 2 there is continual demand from the global community for Internet based instruction as well as a public demand for traditional institutions to accept this nontraditional method of study and 3 administrators and teachers can economically create and operate an effective Internet based school that is accessible to and affordable for individual learners using low cost personal computers