Re-making a Shadow: the Future of House Museums

Historic Preservation

Spring 2013

Franklin Vagnone, instructor

Historic House Museums are fundamental elements composing a national identity and a cultural memory. Traditionally, they have stood as shrine to a person or concept—reminders for social continuity. Presently these house museums are struggling for relevancy and their place within the complex new structure of fast-paced media and internet based communication. As a result of these cultural shifts, historic house museums are having difficulty with finding new audiences, increasing fundraising, maintaining volunteers, producing programming and planning long term stewardship.