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    DescriptionHistoric house museums can be found in nearly every city in the United States and Canada. These are the homes of the earliest settlers, statesmen, frontiersmen, great writers, artists, architects, and industrial magnates. These are the places, carefully saved and preserved, that represent a cultural heritage. Despite their popularity, it is not uncommon to find museums that are in poor repair, their collections neglected and their staffs grossly overworked. Many are run by well-meaning and hard-working volunteers who have little or no professional training. Often they survive on shoestring budgets and are able to present only limited programs. Serving both as a hands-on guide and reference, this book examines these problems, offering practical advice and solutions which can be easily implemented. Its useful "lessons" include governance, where to find help, care of collections, conservation, security, and interpretation-all designed to increase the professionalism of the historic house museum.


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    Title
    Historic House Museums
    Subtitle
    A Practical Handbook for Their Care, Preservation and Management
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sherry Butcher-Younghans
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 280
    Width: 166 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 495 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780195106602
    ISBN 10: 0195106601
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    BIC subject category V2: KJM
    LC subject heading: ,
    BIC subject category V2: JFF
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15800
    BISAC V2.8: ARC003000
    BIC subject category V2: GM
    Ingram Subject Code: AR
    Libri: I-AR
    DC22: 363.69
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.7
    BIC E4L: LIB
    BISAC V2.8: ARC006000, ARC005000, ARC012000
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB, ABC
    DC20: 363.69
    Thema V1.0: KJM, GLZ, JBF, ABC
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    halftones, line drawings
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    01 March 1996
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    "Carefully written by an experienced and caring museum professional. This book will be an asset to a large number of small museum and historic house museum staffs and volunteers. Butcher-Younghans' book provides a useful and timely document to assist with the ongoing preservation of America's past."-History News "This is an important and welcome book. It offers an almost complete ideal process and manual for the typical house museum board, director, or staff in search for the right thing to do. The information is well-researched and up-to-date...The author addresses many fundamental points which have seemingly been overlooked, ignored, or neglected at most sites. It deserves a reading by all historic house museum people. If only a fraction of the historic house museums in the country implemented most of the proper procedures in this book, our country would experience a welcome revolution in public history and our historic houses would be much better safeguarded for the future."-Maryland Historical Magazine "A timely entry that should serve both paid or volunteer director or trustee well. It is a useful book written in plain English...Her sound advice, if followed, would solve any number of the countless squabbles that too often surround the preservation and care of our nation's treasure of historic homes...A helpful and user-friendly addition for any house museum new or old to use as a guide and reference."-Michigan Historical Review "Packed with good advice...An excellent job for the market for which it is designed."-Museums Journal "This book is...very practical indeed, and it provides most of the basic information that site managers might need to professionalize their organizations...The book remains a useful starting place and a dependable reference for anyone interested in running a smaller historical organization."-Pennsylvania History "This book is invaluable not only to curators of house museums but also for all owners of old houses."-Preservation Notes Newsletter
    Back cover copy
    Historic house museums can be found in nearly every city in the United States and Canada. Serving both as a hands-on guide and reference, this book examines the problems often encountered in the establishment and maintenance of historic house museums, offering practical advice and solutions which can be easily implemented.