Nakashima Woodworking Complex Organizational Assitance

George Nakashima’s Woodworking Complex in New Hope, PA is  located in a peaceful and lush hillside setting and dotted with 15 Nakashima designed buildings, some of which display the master woodworker’s furniture. The hillside site of 8.8 acres is where his iconic tables and chairs are still made today by craftsmen dedicated to his world-renowned aesthetic. The family is considering how to retain the peaceful character of the site while planning preservation of the Nakashima...

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Best Practices for Board Service Book Chapter

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 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 volunteers who provide guidance and often do the work of the...

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Testimony in Orphan’s Court about Loudoun Mansion

We are always delighted to help historic house museum owners when they wish to make an organizational transition, even it if means testifying in court.  This spring we testified in support of the City of Philadelphia’s petition in Orphan’s Court to permit the historic site Loudoun to deviate from the 1934 will of Maria Dickenson Logan, who left Loudoun Mansion, the Federal style 1801 house, generations of family furnishings and a small trust fund to care for the property, to...

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Best Practices in Board Service Jacobus Vanderveer House Bedminster NJ

This spring we provided a two hour Best Practices in Board Service training workshop for the Jacobus Vanderveer House in Bedminster NJ.  We last worked for JVH in 2013 conducting a heritage tourism assessment funded by the New Jersey Historic Trust.  In May we gave an overview of the three duties that all Board Members of state-chartered nonprofit organizations should know, a broad discussion of the specific roles of staff vs. board members in historic house museums, review of a...

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Arch Street Meeting House Pew Discovery Grant

Since last year, we have been working with the Arch Street Meeting House, located within the Historic District, to review how they interpret their site to visitors. A Discovery Grant from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage has permitted the staff to test and refine a handful of interpretive methods to draw more visitors and students to the site. As one member of their consultant team, we have assisted with prototyping the visitor welcome experience including wayfinding and directional...

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