Recorded Webinar: Historic House Call: Mission
Recorded On: 04/23/2020
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House museums are complex organizations but one of the most effective tools for navigating this complexity is the humble mission statement. In this 30-minute webinar, Erin Carlson Mast, president and CEO of President Lincoln's Cottage in Washington, DC, discusses how she's leveraged the values embedded in their mission statement to transform their community programs and daily operations to affect the lives of their visitors. She is interviewed by Max A. van Balgooy, co-editor of recently published Reimagining Historic House Museums and president of Engaging Places.
This webinar is part of the Historic House Call webinar series. Organized by the committee of the AASLH Historic House Affinity Community, Historic House Call webinars provide staff and volunteers working in historic house museums the chance to hear from a leading expert on a topic related to historic sites and ask questions about that topic. Historic House Calls are presented quarterly at no charge for AASLH members.
RECORDED DATE: April 23, 2020
COST: Free to AASLH Members / $30 Nonmembers
Recording and Closed Captioning
A transcription of the live closed captions is provided with the recording.
Historic House Affinity Community
The mission of AASLH’s Historic House Museum Committee is to provide advice and direction for the development of programs and services that benefit historic house museums in the United States; and to ensure that AASLH’s programs and services for these organizations are high quality, address identified needs of the membership, and reflect current issues and thinking in the field.
Historic House Calls
The AASLH Historic House Affinity Community organizes the Historic House Call webinar series. Other webinars in the Historic House Call series include:
- Historic House Call: Home for the Holidays: Interpreting Christmas at Your Historic Site
- Historic House Call: Interpreting Historic Landscapes
- Historic House Call: How to Preserve Your Historic Building
Erin Carlson Mast
CEO & Executive Director, President Lincoln's Cottage
Erin Carlson Mast is CEO & Executive Director of President Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, DC. Her leadership has guided the organization through strategic visioning and growth, groundbreaking programming, and significant recognition, including a Presidential Medal, being named one of Washington, DC’s 50 Best Places to Work, and being awarded DC’s Best Museum off the Mall for three consecutive years. In 2016, she led the organization’s transition to an independent 501(c)(3). She received the EXCEL Chief Executive Leadership Award in 2017. Erin has been a contributing author to various journals and books, including, most recently, History News (2019), Mission Matters (2019) and Reimagining Historic House Museums (2019). Erin is on the Lincoln Forum Advisory Board and previously served on the AASLH Council and National History Day Advisory Board.
Max A. van Balgooy
Director, History Leadership Institute; President, Engaging Places LLC
Max A. van Balgooy is co-editor of Reimagining Historic House Museums: New Approaches and Proven Solutions, a new anthology of two dozen essays by leaders in the field, and director of the History Leadership Institute, which provides professional development for mid-career and advanced professionals working in history organizations. These experiences provide a rich source of ideas for Engaging Places LLC, where he blogs occasionally about the opportunities and challenges facing historic sites and house museums.
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