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Spring 2008 Forum Journal: America's Historic Sites at a Crossroads

Table Of Contents Introduction: The Call for a National Conversation by James Vaughan Historic House Museums: An Embarrassment of Riches? by Marian A. Godfrey Crisis or Transition? Diagnosing Success at Historic Sites by Max A. van Balgooy Funding the Fundamentals by...

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The Living Kitchens at Cliveden

by Libbie Hawes For the last two decades, historicsites around the country have been engaged in a steady, thoughtful discussion about slavery and race. This conversation isn’t alwayscomfortable or easy, but it happens consistently and it happens with theauthenticity and veracity that can only...

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Introduction: The Call for a National Conversation

The Forum on Historic Site Stewardship in the 21st Century, held in April 2007 at Kykuit, was a significant event for historic site professionals, giving leaders in the field the chance to air concerns and propose responses. This special issue of Forum Journal will first present the report...


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The Next Cliveden: A New Approach to the Historic Site in Philadelphia

A few years ago in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, Upsala, one of the neighborhood’s 13 historic house museums, watched its attendance dwindle along with its endowment as it worked to address deferred maintenance and rising costs. With the difficulties it was facing, the Upsala...


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Living History Offers a Sense of "Beingness" at Cliveden

David W. Young Cast of “Liberty to Go to See” on steps of Cliveden. | Credit: David Young I have never had such a sense of—the only word I can think of is— the "beingness" of a place before. Visitor...

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A Second Look at a Landmark's History

By Walter Gallas Can historical events be revisited? Stories retold? Of course they can, especially as new information comes to light, and we find better ways to bring broader perspectives to the endeavor. Such is the case at Cliveden, a National Trust site and National Historic Landmark ...

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