Heritage Consulting Inc. continues to develop new programs and services for historic sites and small museum clients. The firm has a particular expertise in organizational development issues, especially as they relate to historic sites and house museums. Since the publication of Ms. Harris’ book New Solutions for House Museums: Ensuring the Long-Term Preservation of America’s Historic Houses by AltaMira Press in 2007, she has spoken at more than 35 national, regional and statewide conferences and symposia about her work. The Pew Charitable Trusts has discussed her work in an article called "What to do about these Old Houses" found on their web site.
Ms. Harris was honored with a Mid Career Fellowship from the prestigious James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation to conduct her pioneering research on alternatives for historic house museums that are no longer viable. Since then, Ms. Harris has taught classes at several graduate programs in historic preservation and public history on this topic.
New Solutions for House Museums: Ensuring the Long Term Preservation of America’s Historic Houses, published by AltaMira Press, April 2007
“New Solutions for House Museums” Preservation Colorado quarterly newsletter, Winter 2008
“Reuses for Existing Historic House Museums” Forum Journal, journal of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Summer issue 2007
“New Solutions for Historic House Museums,” History News, the magazine of the American Association for State and Local History, Fall 2007
“Saving Legacies, Saving Houses” article for Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums web site 2005
“Reinventing the House Museum” article for Preservation New Jersey newsletter, 2005
“What to do with These Old Houses,” The Pew Charitable Trusts Magazine, Spring 2008-an extensive article about the Living Legacy Project, for which I was lead consultant.
“Revitalizing America’s Historic Sites,” Monta Lee Dakin, Mountain-Plains Museum Association newsletter, Summer 2007
“Houses, Histories and the Future,” The Pew Charitable Trusts Magazine, Spring 2008
“Historic House Museums: An Embarrassment of Riches,” Forum Journal, Spring 2008
“Historic Homes Needs a Curator—and Tenant,” Houston Chronicle article May 1, 2008
“A Model for Historic House Museums Carter’s Grove Change is Model for Historic House Museums,” Virginian Pilot, January 29, 2008
“Preserving Historic Buildings,” Virginia Gazette, January 30, 2008
“This Old House,” St. Louis Post Dispatch, May 11, 2008
“Nothing Down, $0 a Month, Hammer Required,” New York Times, August 30, 2007"
"Is Baltimore Selling its Past?" Baltimore Sun March 24, 2012
"YOUR MONEY" TLC needed but no rent, for some historic homes" Reuters May 24, 2012
Donna’s 2007 book New Solutions for House Museums: Ensuring the Long-Term Preservation of America’s Historic Houses is a “must read” in both the house museum and historic preservation fields.
The book is being used in graduate school classes in museum studies, historic preservation and public history programs across the country. Published by AltaMira Press in 2007, Donna’s book is part of a joint publishing agreement between AltaMira Press and the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) to identify important books in the field.
Donna has published articles about reuse of historic house museums in History News (the quarterly magazine of the American Association for State and Local History) nd Forum Journal (the quarterly journal from the National Trust for Historic Preservation) from her research for the book.
Since 2007 Donna has been asked to speak at more than 35 national, regional and statewide conferences about her house museum research and consulting work. Find out about why the house museum model for preserving older homes no longer works and Donna’s take on a broad range of alternatives to save these landmarks for future generations. Order your copy today from Amazon.com.
The reviews of New Solutions for House Museums in professional journals around the world has been outstanding.
Here are all the reviews I have found of the book–note New Zealand and Australia both offered glowing remarks in their professional journals. Please contact us if you want to see any of these reviews.
There are additional reviews of the book from these publications. Please contact us if you would like copies.
In 2011 we completed a major research project for the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency to assist them to develop policy solutions for some of the most pressing issues facing their 60 historic sites throughout the state. We completed the work in June 2011 and made a major presentation about the work with our clients at the 2011 American Association for State and Local History in Richmond VA. If you would like to see a copy of our presentation please click here. We continue to collect case studies about government owned historic sites. Please give us any leads you have!
Update as of 7-3-12