Historic Sites at a Crossroads

Posted on: May 15th, 2008 by Max van Balgooy

Forum Journal spring 2008The spring 2008 issue of Forum Journal is a special issue devoted to historic house museums, thanks to a generous grant from the 1772 Foundation. This special issue includes the findings and recommendations from the 2007 Forum on Historic Site Stewardship in the 21st Century at Kykuit (N.Y.) along with a half-dozen provocative essays on membership, heritage tourism, fund raising, stewardship, and attendance and financial trends by David Donath, John Durel, Marian A. Godfrey, Katherine Kane, Max A. van Balgooy, Jim Vaughan, Amy Webb, and David Young.

The essays are introduced by Jim Vaughan, Vice President of Historic Sites at NTHP, who not only provides a brief description of each essay but also lays out the findings and recommendations from the Kykuit symposium. You won't find complete consensus but you should be provoked by some of the ideas that were proposed (such as, calling them "historic house museums" limits our thinking, so let's use "historic sites"). Don't keep them to yourself—we invite you to share them here.

Forum members will receive their copies of this special thematic issue in the mail (look for the new full-color cover!). If you're not a member, you can find the introduction on PreservationNation.org and the entire issue is available for $8 through PreservationBooks.org or by calling the National Trust for Historic Preservation at (202) 588-6053. Better yet, join National Trust Forum and you'll receive this issue and much more!

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