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“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

Woodlawn finds new way to sustain itself through farm-to-table movement

In this month’s (May/June 2011) Preservation magazine is an article about how Woodlawn, the former estate of George Washington’s granddaughter Nellie Custis – and a favorite of mine – has implemented a new innovative farming program based on the estate’s roots as a farm. The article explains, “Restauranteur Michael

Things that go BOO

Well, it’s that time of year, when ghosts and goblins roam the streets. Thanks to hit television shows like Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures, ghosts are enjoying extreme popularity these days. As Halloween nears, many historic sites and towns offer ghost tours. I took a ghost walk around Historic

A future historian

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I worked as a docent at Homewood Museum last weekend and had the opportunity to interact with what I hope is a future historian. A little girl came to the house museum with her father, and I approached them to see if they had any questions. “Yes,” the little

Kids get their hands on history

Last weekend, I was once again reminded what an important role living history can play making an event both exciting and educational. “The Redcoats Are Coming” was a weekend-long encampment of both British and Continental soldiers on the grounds of Jerusalem Mill Village in Kingsville, MD. We had crowds

Viral tweeting can spread the word in a flash

Wanted to share this great idea from the Maryland Zoo. Their fundraising event “Brew at the Zoo” is this weekend. They sent out a tweet today that said “To win Brew at the Zoo tickets for Saturday – retweet this message. At 4:30pm today we will announce a winner.”

Articles in local pubs can provide great visibility

I was able to obtain a free article in Baltimore County Suburban Life for Jerusalem Mill Village’s upcoming “The Redcoats Are Coming” event in May. This pub get distributed across the Baltimore County area and will provide the Mill great visibility with new audiences only a half hour away

Attracting younger audiences

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Thought I would re-purpose a post I just posted in the AASLH forum, for those who aren’t members. Here are some ideas on how to market to young professionals and college students:

Emphasize summer learning

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An article from the Institute of Museum and Library Services points out that students can lose up to 2 1/2 months worth of learning over the summer holiday if they do not read or participate in other educational activities. The article sites several initiatives libraries and museums across the

Look online to ‘meet up’ with local supporters

I am one of the organizers of a History Buffs Meet-Up Group in the Baltimore area. These meet up groups are a ready-made audience for your organization – you just have to invite them!

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