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Crisistunity: Re-imagining Historic Sites at the National Trust

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
12:00 AM
Helmut Stern Auditorium, University of Michigan Museum of Art

Historic sites and house museums constitute the largest and, in some important ways, the most vulnerable category of American museums.  While these institutions are often both beloved community touchstones with dedicated supporters, they are also challenged to maintain both financial and cultural sustainability for the long term. As the steward of a national portfolio of 27 historic sites, the National Trust has taken a leadership role in testing assumptions, developing new operating models, and building partnerships related to the arts and social justice that embrace the existing strengths and resiliency of historic sites and house museums while radically expanding their relevance, self-sufficiency, and the public benefit they provide.

Katherine Malone-France, National Trust for Historic Preservation