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Author Vagnone, Franklin D., 1965- author.

Title Anarchist's guide to historic house museums / Franklin D. Vagnone and Deborah E. Ryan ; with assistance from Olivia B. Cothren
Published Walnut Creek, California : Left Coast Press, Inc., [2015]
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Description 1 online resource (259 pages) : illustrations
Contents Community markings -- Communication markings -- Experience markings -- Collections/environment markings -- Shelter markings
Summary "In these days of an aging traditional audience, shrinking attendance, tightened budgets, increased competition, and exponential growth in new types of communication methods, America's house museums need to take bold steps and expand their overall purpose beyond those of the traditional museum. They need not only to engage the communities surrounding them, but also to collaborate with visitors on the type and quality of experience they provide. This book is a groundbreaking manifesto that calls for the establishment of a more inclusive, visitor-centered paradigm based on the shared experience of human habitation. It draws inspiration from film, theater, public art, and urban design to transform historic house museums while providing a how-to guide for making historic house museums sustainable, through five primary themes: communicating with the surrounding community, engaging the community, re-imagining the visitor experience, celebrating the detritus of human habitation, and acknowledging the illusion of the shelter's authenticity. Anarchist's Guide to Historic House Museums offers a wry, but informed, rule-breaking perspective from authors with years of experience and gives numerous vivid examples of both good and not-so-good practices from house museums in the U.S."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Historic house museums -- United States -- Management
Historic sites -- Interpretive programs -- United States
HISTORY -- Study & Teaching.
Historic sites -- Interpretive programs.
United States.
Form Electronic book
Author Cothren, Olivia B.
Ryan, Deborah E., 1958- author.
ISBN 1629581720