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

Paperback | April 30, 1999

bySherry Butcher-YounghansAs told byWilliam T. Alderson

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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 acultural 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 onshoestring 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 ofcollections, conservation, security, and interpretation--all designed to increase the professionalism of the historic house museum.

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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 acultural heritage. Despite their popularity...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9.25 × 6.5 × 0.59 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195106601

ISBN - 13:9780195106602

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"Sherry Butcher-Younghans has provided a much-needed, basic reference guide for all those who work in and care for historic house museums...[it] belongs in every historic house museum."--Northwest Ohio Quarterly