A new BID for Plainfield

In early October we worked with the newly incorporated Plainfield, NJ Special Improvement District Board to host a half-day workshop for their board. The group needed ideas for staffing the organization and we provided a series of alternatives, along with a budget to fit the anticipated SID revenues. The goal was to help the Board to organize around the Main Street Four Point Approach so that they could pick projects to undertake in months before year-end and in 2019.  We provided job...

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Funding Revitalization Programs Webinars

This past summer we recorded three 90 minute webinars on funding revitalization programs for the National Main Street Center, which are available on demand from the center’s in-reach platform. While part of the Main Street America Institute training suite of programs, anyone can pay the $275 fee to listen to the three webinars on Advanced Principles of Revitalization. This is what the Main Street Center says about the webinars: "An essential piece of building a successful Main...

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Evaluating Camden County History Week

With all the anticipation of Camden County History Week, (October 13 to 21, 2018) we felt that it was important to formally evaluate this event so that we could get direct feedback from visitors, the historic sites, and history organizations that hosted activities during the nine-day event. We were successful in obtaining a $5,000 grant from the New Jersey Historic Trust License Plate Grant for Heritage Tourism for this work. T We collected visitor surveys from the 32 organizations open for...

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Webinar Best Practices for Board Service at Historic Sites

We will be presenting two free webinars on April 10 and 24 at 1 p.m. Central Time, sponsored by the Wisconsin Historical Society Local History program to clear confusion about board and staff: who does what at historic house museums. During the first of two webinars on this topic, we will discuss the legal responsibilities of all nonprofit board members according to state nonprofit law, and how these duties apply to nonprofit historic house museum boards.  We will discuss the three board...

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Update on Book Progress

We are getting close to finishing the revisions of case studies for the second edition of New Solutions for House Museums and will spend the next two months writing new ones. It has been fun to connect with some old friends and to learn some of the new stewards of these historic sites and how they have transformed them over the last dozen years.​

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