To: Directors and Staff, America's Historic House Museums
From: Bethany Hawkins, Program Associate, AASLH and Coordinator of AASLH's
Historic House Museums' Affinity Group
Date: June 2007
Special Programs and Sessions for Historic House Museums at the
AASLH Annual Meeting, September 5-8, 2007, Atlanta, GA
Early Bird Registration Deadline is July 20!
As the director or staff member of one of America's great Historic House Museums, you won't want to miss AASLH's 2007 Annual Meeting in Atlanta. We've planned some great sessions that will assist you with your efforts to make your site more successful, more educational, and better managed. You'll also want to attend the annual Historic House Museums Affinity Breakfast where you'll hear about the progress of our special projects designed to support house museums all over the country.
Sessions specifically for house museums include:
a.. Moonlight and Magnolias tour featuring some of Georgia's outstanding historic house museums. (Wednesday, September 5, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Preregistration required.)
b.. Seasonal Concerns/Seasonal Opportunities chaired by Benjamin Hruska, Director, Block Island Historical Society in Block Island, RI. (Thursday, September 6, 8:30 a.m.)
c.. Closing an Historic House Museum chaired by Rick Beard, Executive Director, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, IL. (Thursday, September 6, 4:00 p.m.)
d.. Sustainability for Historic House Museums chaired by Barbara Silberman, Senior Program Advisor, Heritage Philadelphia Program, Philadelphia, PA (Friday, September 7, 8:30 a.m.)
e.. New Solutions for House Museums chaired by John Herbst, Executive Director, Indiana Historical Society (Friday, September 7, 4:00 p.m.)
f.. Politically Incorrect Historic Sites and Their Future chaired by Patrick Hotard, Director, Glen Foerd on the Delaware in Philadelphia, PA. (Saturday, September 8, 8:30 a.m.)
g.. Relevance: Reinterpreting the House Museum, a laboratory session at the Archibald Smith Plantation Home in Roswell, GA (Saturday, September 8, 1:00 p.m. - Preregistration required.)
The annual Historic House Museums Affinity Breakfast (Friday, Sept. 7, 7 - 8:15 a.m.) will give you the opportunity to meet and network with fellow historic house museums professionals from across the country. You'll also hear about the progress of the Historic House Museums Committee's current projects including developing a sustainability guide for historic house museums and a report of a national summit held this spring on the sustainability of historic house museums. Of course there are plenty of other sessions dealing with everything from leadership development to fund raising and financial management to educational programming. And, at this year's evening events, you can tour Rhodes Hall, home of the founder of Rhodes Furniture, bid on exciting items at an evening auction at the Atlanta History Center and experience the art of Atlanta at the High Museum of Art..
The early bird member registration fee of $200 is good for all registrations faxed, postmarked, or submitted online by July 20. Save $10 by registering online at the AASLH web site at www.aaslh.org/
anmeeting. htm. After July 20, the member registration fee is $265. The one-day member registration fee is $95 by July 20 or $115 afterwards. There are additional charges for the luncheon, tours, or evening events. For registration information, nonmember registration rates, and descriptions of sessions, go to the AASLH web site at www.aaslh.org/
And, if you're not already signed in to the AASLH Historic House Museum Listserv, I encourage you to join us. Over 450 of your colleagues in the U.S. and Canada are participating and provide immediate responses to your questions about everything from how to handle unannounced tour groups to developing rental policies. You'll want to be a part of this lively group! To join, send an e-mail to: historichousemuseum s-subscribe@ yahoogroups. com
I encourage you to join us in Atlanta to network with colleagues and share your experiences at the annual meeting that more historic house professionals attend than any other national meeting. See you in Atlanta!
American Association for State and Local History
1717 Church St.
Nashville, TN 37203
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