Book Chapter The Essential Role of Boards in Reimaging Historic Houe Museums

Since the 2007 publication of our book New Solutions for House Museums: Ensuring the Long-Term Preservation of America's Historic Houses we have been consulting with a wide variety of historic sites to facilitate meetings, conduct board training, assist in the development of interpretive plans, and complete heritage tourism assessments. At the heart of every historic house museum is the all-important Board of Directors, the dedicated volunteers who provide guidance and often do the work of...

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Fundraising Workshop for Oregon Heritage

We recently presented a fundraising workshop as part of the Oregon Heritage Summit held on April 26 and 27, 2017. We presented a quick one hour workshop overview of membership programs, yearend gifts and thanking donors and members.  Our workshops are fun and helpful. Please see the complete list of our workshops here.

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National Survey of Heritage Incentive and Funding Programs Report for Oregon Heritage

Heritage Consulting Inc. was engaged by Oregon Heritage, the state’s heritage agency, to undertake fresh research about the wide variety of state, county, and local preservation funding and incentive programs across the nation. This two component research project produced a spreadsheet with basic information about 150 different funding or incentive programs nationwide that direct grant support to heritage organizations. The spreadsheet also included financial incentives for rehabilitation...

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Planning for Interpretation Mt. Zion AME Church Skillman NJ

We conducted an interpretation planning workshop on Saturday, April 15, 2017 for the Stoutsburg Sourland Mountain African American Museum (SSAAM) as part of a Vision Planning Workshop organized by Historic Building Architects.  The SSAAM board members and other guests were excited and enthusiastic about the future of the historic Mt. Zion AME Church in Skillman NJ and its potential as a heritage tourism destination. Twenty-five people participated in our planning for interpretation...

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Mentoring and Coaching the next generation of downtown leaders

This semester we are serving as a mentor to a young commercial corridor manager who is participating in a ten week Drexel University class on Neighborhood Economic Development. We spoke to this class on May 10, 2017 about board management and fundraising for commercial corridors. The mentoring role for this class is new and designed to create an ongoing relationship between generations of downtown revitalization professionals. We have been coaching Main Street managers with difficult...

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