A gift for furloughed employees

My Facebook newsfeed has been full of “furlough” posts from my federal employee friends and NPS sites I follow. Today, I saw a post from Frederick Magazine that is offering a FREE one-year subscription to furloughed employees who message them with the addresses! I think is is a great

The always-present cell phone camera in museums

So today, I was struck by just how common cell phone cameras are and the problems they could cause for museums. I was giving a tour of my historic site to a group of seventh graders. As soon as we walked into the first historic room, out came 20

Overnight guests at living history museums

In July’s issue of Baltimore Magazine was an article I found quite interesting: Down on the Farm. The article’s author spent a weekend at a bed and breakfast that also offers a farm-like experience. Visitors can choose to just relax on the large front porch and enjoy the scenic

“Stuffed Animal Sleepover” great way to engage pre-school set

One of my friend’s children participated in a great program at the Madeline Olewine Memorial Library in Harrisburg (part of the Dauphin County Library System) and I couldn’t help but think how well it could work at museums too! The program was a “Stuffed Animal Sleepover.” The kids who

Living History Farms uses Pinterest to promote their uniqueness

The other day we looked at the way the New England Museum Association was using Pinterest. Today I found another great museum Pinterest page – this time by Living History Farms in Urbandale, Iowa. Their boards celebrate all that is unique about their living history site: “From the Farm

Great use for Pinterest to promote museums

I stumbled across this Pinterest page in my web travels and found it a great use of the site for promoting museums. The New England Museum Association has created a page for each state they represent, and a pin for each museum in each state! What a great use

New site uses Google Maps so heritage tourists can find your museum

Within the last week, I have launched a new website project, History Site Locator. This site grew out of my frustration at finding historic museums to visit as I road-tripped across the country. The website is a database of history museums that is searchable, and each museum is pinpointed

History is not the only thing lacking in today’s schools

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Blogger William E. White’s Huffington Post article, “Education in America Serves No Purpose Today,” is a great call to arms for reforms to our education system. I experience our school system from a variety of perspectives. I live with a teacher, so I hear about the inner workings of

Blogs as a way to document archaeology projects

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Way back in 2008, in one of my first blog posts ever, I discussed “Blogging a Restoration,” as a great way to keep your constituents engaged in your historic site, especially if you have a construction or archaeology project in progress that is limiting visitor access to your site.

Innovative preservation in Lancaster, PA

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While visiting a client in Lancaster, PA, I walked through the Convention Center they have built in the square. I don’t know the whole political story, but in summary: there was a historic home standing on the block where the Marriott and the city of Lancaster wanted to build

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