Places That Innovate: Reimagining Historic Sites
A conversation on visualizing inventive futures for historic places
Thursday, October 3, 2019
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center
53 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
Drawing from innovative sites across the United States, this illustrated conversation will profile intriguing new models for adapting to the rapidly-shifting role museums must play in the 21 st century. Authors Max van Balgooy and Kenneth Turino will share insights from their newly-published anthology, Reimagining Historic House Museums: New Approaches and Proven Solutions , which provides indispensable and imaginative strategies to forge a sustainable path forward for our country’s historic places.

Van Balgooy and Turino will be joined in an interactive dialogue by Lisa Ackerman , Chair of the Historic House Trust. Join us in creatively thinking beyond a museum’s “four walls” to reimagine what historic sites can aspire to be in contemporary times.

To read an extended event description, please click here .

Q&A and book signing to follow. Books will be available for purchase.

Free, but RSVP is required.
Kenneth C. Turino is Manager of Community Partnerships and Resource Development at Historic New England . Mr. Turino teaches courses on the future of historic houses in the Tufts University Museum Studies Program and is vice president of the board of the House of Seven Gables in Salem, Massachusetts.

Max A. van Balgooy is President of Engaging Places, a design and strategy firm that connects people and historic places. He is an assistant professor in the Museum Studies Program at George Washington University, directs the History Leadership Institute (formerly known as the Seminar for Historical Administration), and regularly leads workshops for the American Association for State and Local History.

Lisa Ackerman is Executive Director of Columbus Citizens Foundation. She served as Interim CEO of World Monuments Fund and prior to joining WMF was Executive Vice President of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. She serves as the Chair of the Historic House Trust of New York City and is on the board of the New York Preservation Archive Project. Ms. Ackerman is also Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment.  

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In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the Historic House Trust of New York City is presenting the multi-part programming series Places that Make a Difference: Conversations on the Future of Our Cultural Treasures . These programs are designed to creatively explore challenges that historic sites share and inspire further innovation in the cultural sector. Support for this series is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Arthur F. & Alice E. Adams Charitable Foundation.
The Historic House Trust of New York City , in partnership with NYC Parks, advocates for, promotes, and provides expertise to preserve 23 publicly owned historic sites located throughout the city's five boroughs.