Book Talk: "Reimagining Historic House Museums"

Max van Balgooy and Kenneth Turino, editors

Editors Max van Balgooy and Kenneth Turino will share the common factors that create a sustainable path forward for our country’s historic places,drawing from the innovative sites across the United States discussed in their newly-published anthology, Reimagining Historic House Museums: New Approaches and Proven Solutions. Topics will include assessing whether an organization’s purpose is meaningful to outside audiences, challenging institutions to think holistically, and ensuring that leadership supports risk and experimentation. They will be joined in conversation by Kathy Dwyer Southern, immediate past co-chair of the International Council of Museums, United States. 

About the Speakers

Max A. van Balgooy is an assistant professor in the Museum Studies program at GW; directs the History Leadership Institute; serves on the editorial board of Curator, the Museum Journal; and is president of Engaging Places, a design and strategy firm that connects people and historic places, whose clients have included James Madison’s Montpelier, Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, and San Francisco Heritage.

Kenneth Turino is manager of community partnerships and resource development at Historic New England, overseeing community engagement and exhibition partnerships throughout New England, including the Eustis Estate, Langdon House Museum, and the Sarah Orne Jewett Museum. Ken holds a master's in Teaching, Museum Education, from GW and teaches in the Museum Studies program at Tufts.