Sustainability, Relevance and the Future - Day 2 - Opening Plenary - Am I in a Rut? Inspiration from Creative Historic House Interpretation - Summit Recording

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Representatives from historic sites in Massachusetts, Louisiana, and England will share creative ways they have tried to engage with visitors on different levels than a typical tour. Be prepared to be inspired by their creativity and steal some ideas!

Ken Turino (Moderator)

Manager of Community Partnerships and Resource Development, Historic New England

Ken Turino is Manager of Community Partnerships and Resource Development at Historic New England and on the faculty of Tufts University in the Museum Studies Department where he teaches courses on Exhibition Planning and Historic House Museums. Ken is a curator, educator, director, producer, and author. His films were shown on PBS including the prize winning, “Back to School: Lessons from Norwich's (VT) One-Room Schoolhouses.” Ken numerous public history articles include many with a focus on interpreting historic sites and on LGBTQ+ history. Ken’s most recent publication’s include “Creating Artist-in-Residence Programs at Historic Sites”  AASLH Technical Leaflet #299 with Rebecca Beit-Aharon published in 2022 and with Max van Balgooy,  Reinventing the Historic House Museum, New Approaches and Proven Solutions, editors, for Rowman & Littlefield in 2019. With Max van Balgooy he is currently working on a book on Interpreting Christmas and winter holidays at historic sites and museums.

For AASLH, Ken and Max van Balgooy teach a workshop “Reinventing the Historic House Museum.” Ken frequently consults on interpretive planning and community engagement projects at historic sites. These include Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage in Nashville, Tennessee, James Madison’s Montpelier in Orange, Virginia, and Trent House in Trenton, New Jersey. Ken holds an MAT from George Washington University. He was awarded an Outstanding Educator of the Year Award from Salem State University in 2008. Currently, Ken is President of the House of Seven Gables Settlement Association in Salem, Massachusetts. 


Chris Danemayer

Principal, Proun Exhibit Design, Sommerville, MA

David Hopes

Head of Leeds Museums and Galleries Leeds City Council, University of Birmingham, Leeds, England, United Kingdom

Karen Leathem

Museum Historian, Louisiana State Museum, Madame John’s House, New Orleans, LA

Barbara Silberman

Director, Special Projects, The Forbes House, Milton, MA

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