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Pushing the Envelope in the 21st Century: New Ways of Engaging Visitors at Historic House Museums

Recently, NMSC’s Senior Curator Laurel Racine and Museum Technician Nicole Walsh have been researching new ways of engaging visitors at historic house museums.  This post describes their recent trip to the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford, Connecticut.   [The … Continue reading

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“Nature and National Identity”: Bierstadt Comes to New Bedford!

Mark your calendars for June 3, the opening date of a new exhibit at the New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks! The exhibit features the works of landscape painter Albert Bierstadt.  NMSC’s Laurel Racine helped develop the exhibit, which is a collaborative … Continue reading

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NMSC: Our Best of 2015!

2015 was a great year for NMSC!  We got to work with some amazing people and cultural resources from the Northeast Region parks.  One aspect of our work that we greatly enjoy is the ability to work on different kinds … Continue reading

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Curating with Goofus and Gallant: How to Mitigate Risk in Museum Collections Storage

NMSC museum specialist Jennifer McCann has been on the road quite a bit this year conducting Risk Assessments at various Northeast Region parks. In this blog post, Jennifer outlines the purpose and goals of a Risk Assessment and talks about … Continue reading

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Sorting at the Shelton House: What’s Accessioned, What’s Not, and Why?

Earlier this year, NMSC staff members Laurel Racine, Teri DeYoung, and Nicole Walsh traveled to Richmond National Battlefield Park to assist curator Ethan Bullard sort through residual items that were left in the Shelton House (in the park’s Rural Plains … Continue reading

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A Summer with NMSC: Caitlin’s Experience

Over the years, NMSC has been fortunate to have wonderful interns and seasonal employees.  A couple of weeks ago, we said good-bye to our fabulous intern Caitlin Harrison, who we know is destined for great things in the museum field! … Continue reading

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I Left My Heart in a National Park: NPS Sites We Love

“I love that place!”  Chances are, you’ve heard that phrase – and used it yourself – numerous times.  What makes us love certain places?  Do we feel a personal connection to the history of a place?  Do we find inspiration or serenity … Continue reading

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The Curator’s Role in Crowd-Pleasing Events, Part 4: Reversing “Bad Habits” in a Positive Way

Have you been busy these last couple of weeks decorating your historic house museum and planning your seasonal event?  We hope that our holiday series has been informative and helpful.  This fourth and final post of the series deals with … Continue reading

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The Curator’s Role in Crowd-Pleasing Events, Part 3: Planning and Logistics

As Christmas approaches quickly (yes, it’s only 4 days away!), the third installment of our holiday decorating blog series offers advice on coordinating the logistics of a seasonal event at your historic house museum.  The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic … Continue reading

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The Curator’s Role in Crowd-Pleasing Events, Part 2: Philosophy and Research

We hope that you found our previous post about resource protection during holiday events helpful and informative.  (See “The Curator’s Role in Crowd-Pleasing Events, Part 1.”)  The second installment of this holiday series is presented by Gregory R. Weidman, Curator … Continue reading

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