Speaking Engagements: Spring and Summer 2021

Throughout the Spring and Summer of 2021 we have been doing Zoom presentations at national, state, and local Main Street and historic preservation organization conferences and giving talks about the second edition of our bestselling book, New Solutions for House Museums: Ensuring the Long-Term Preservation of America’s Historic Houses. What we have been up to: Webinar on Board Training for Plainfield Special Improvement District Board of Directors, March 22, 2021 Pennsylvania...

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Speaking Engagements Winter and Spring 2021

We are speaking this winter and spring at national, state, and local preservation organization conferences and giving  talks about the second edition of our best selling book New Solutions for House Museum: Ensuring the Long Term Preservation of America’s Historic Houses. Tufts University Museum Studies Program, June 17, 2020, Overview of New Solutions for House Museums Lunch with NEMA October 29, 2020, Updating New Solutions for House Museums:  lessons Learned. Ohio Heritage...

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Lecture to Class at Penn Preservation Program

For the third year we are providing a talk for Don Rypkema’s Preservation Economics Class at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate Program in Historic Preservation. We do part one of a two-hour course talking about the Main Street Approach™, how it began, the four points, eight principals, and the role of board, staff and committees in Main Street and organizational growth. The second hour is provided by former intern and 9-year Main Street veteran Alex Balloon of the...

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All About Main Street Boards Workshops

All About Main Street Boards Workshops   In late January we provided an eight-hour training for Louisiana Main Street managers called “All About Main Street Boards” over the course of an afternoon and a morning.   Our Zoom workshop started with the board’s role in governance related to the State’s nonprofit law. We spent a large portion of the afternoon talking about building better boards by creating a yearlong nominating committee process to identify,...

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Our Chapter in Reimagining Historic House Museums

We were so delighted to be asked to contribute a chapter for  the new and important book for historic house museums, Reimagining Historic House Museums: New Approaches and Proven Solutions. Published last year by Kenneth C. Turino and Max van Balgooy, this textbook will become a beloved guide for volunteers and staff at historic sites in the years to come.    The publisher’s blurb reads “Drawing from innovative organizations across the United States, Reimagining...

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