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The Meaning of an Object: A Look into the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Collections Portal

By Tamar Rabinowitz Bound by a 6”x 6” exhibit label, museum curators must capture the layered history of an object or artwork in a few very precious words. The materials of our culture, however, contain meanings that extend far beyond the edges of the object label—a single painting, artifact,...

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Slide Deck: Managing Photography at Historic Sites: Effectively Capturing Collections, Buildings, Landscapes, and Visitors on a Budget

This is the slide deck for "Managing Photography at Historic Sites: Effectively Capturing Collections, Buildings, Landscapes, and Visitors on a Budget" webinar that took place on March 19, 2019. #HistoricSites #collectionsmanagement

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Managing Photography at Historic Sites: Effectively Capturing Collections, Buildings, Landscapes, and Visitors on a Budget (March 19, 2019 | Forum Webinar)

Join Preservation Leadership Forum and two National Trust Historic Sites for a conversation about “DIY photography” at historic sites. From photographing your collections, capturing complex landscapes, and examining what makes a good marketing photo, we talk about how to do it all on a budget....


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Filling in Lyndhurst’s Working History: Stove Grill Replacement with Plastic Casting

By Emma Gencarelli Every summer, Lyndhurst—National Trust Historic Site in Tarrytown, New York—hosts a handful of Preservation interns from different academic programs, locations, and backgrounds. This year I was fortunate to be one of them. The interns’ projects vary from year to year. The...

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Housekeeping for Historic Homes and House Museums (2000)

Valuable advice for homeowners and house museum operators on cleaning and caring for historic buildings and their contents. #HistoricSites #collectionsmanagement #housemuseums

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Collections Policy Position Paper

Historic house museums and historic sites throughout the United States provide public benefit in uniqueand varied ways. They preserve significant buildings, landscapes and objects for the future; educate the public about the history of the United States; commemorate historic events and...

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National Trust for Historic Preservation Collections Management Policy

The National Trust for Historic Preservation and its Collections. The National Trust for Historic Preservation in the United States (hereafter the National Trust), chartered by an Act of Congress, October 26, 1949, is a private nonprofit organization empowered to acquire “sites, ...

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Defining “Direct Care” for Museum Collections

For museums and historic sites that maintain collections, a key phrase of the American Alliance of Museum’s (AAM) Code of Ethics—“direct care”—has been without a definition for almost 25 years. The phrase is important: AAM’s code only permits proceeds from the de-accessioning and disposition of...

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Summer 2014 Forum Journal: Stepping into the Future at Historic Sites

Historic sites are cool these days. Not because they are a place to get out the summer's heat, but because cool stuff is happening--community gardens, gatherings for student activists, performance art, surprising exhibits, and creative workshops to name just a few. And it turns out there are an...

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It’s In the Details: Discovering the Full Potential of a Historic Site’s Museum Collections

By Laura Quinn Cooper-Molera, Monterey, California. | Credit: National Trust for Historic Preservation From the earliest discussions of shared use at Cooper-Molera, it was understood that the collection of...

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