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  • Empty Spaces: Interpreting without Furnishings at Gunston Hall

    It was a balmy and hot day in July. Fear and anxiety were in the air as the moving truck slowly backed up to the land-side porch and door at George

  • Why I LOVE Gunston Hall

    When I was a young boy growing up in suburban Philadelphia, two of the things I loved most were baseball and history.  I loved watching my Phillies

  • We’re All in This Together

    Last week I attend AASLH’s Historic House Museum Issues and Operations workshop hosted by the Historic Charleston Foundation. Twenty-five museum

  • MY Historic House

    I don’t know anything about this house. Okay, that’s not entirely true. I know that I lived here for just under three months in 1999 during

  • Valentine’s Day — Bah, Humbug!

    Oh the romance of a “real” Victorian valentine.  Just like Christmas, Victorians understood the true meaning of Valentine’s Day before it

  • Together We Can Listen – Incorporating Evaluation Pt. 2

    Building the capacity for evaluation at a historic house museum can be a daunting task but has long-term, positive impact on programming and

  • Together We Can Listen – Incorporating Evaluation Pt. 1

    There is no better way to ensure a historic house museum’s longevity and vitality than to elicit input from your audiences and respond

  • Teens in Museums: Part 1

    Editors notes: One of the craziest parts of my “curatorial” jobs is working with a unique group of high school students to teach them

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