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Organizing Archival Records

by David W. Carmicheal Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 03, 2018)

Much of our nation’s documentary heritage resides in small historical societies, libraries, cultural organizations, houses of worship, and museums. The preservation of this heritage often depends on the dedicated...

The Oral History Manual

by Barbara W. Sommer & Mary Kay Quinlan Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 05, 2018)

The Oral History Manual is designed to help anyone interested in doing oral history research to think like an oral historian. Recognizing that oral history is a research methodology, the authors define oral...

Controversial Monuments and Memorials

by David B. Allison Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 22, 2018)

Out of the chaos and pain of Charlottesville, museum professionals, public historians, and community leaders must move quickly to face the challenges of competing historical memory, claims of heritage desecration...

The Historic District Action Guide

by William E. Schmickle Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 07, 2018)

The Historic District Action Guide: From Designation Campaigns to Keeping Districts Vital is a results-oriented, straight-talking guide for local activists, professionals, and preservation commissions committed...

Is Your Museum Grant-Ready?

by Sarah Sutton Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 27, 2018)

Grant funding is a critical part of museum life, yet to many it seems mysterious. This second edition of Is Your Museum Grant-Ready? is your guide to assessing readiness to attract grants, understanding how...

Leading Museums Today

by Martha Morris Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 05, 2018)

In Leading Museums Today: Theory and Practice, readers learn about leadership theory in both for profit and nonprofit worlds and how to effectively master the role of both leader and follower. Literature from...

Performing History

by Ann E. Birney & Joyce M. Thierer Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 20, 2018)

Performing History: How to Research, Write, Act, and Coach Historical Performance addresses those areas that are of greatest challenge to novice historical performers. Historical performers must approach the...

Creating Exhibits That Engage

by John Summers Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 02, 2018)

Creating Exhibits that Engage: A Manual for Museums and Historical Organizations is a concise, useful guide to developing effective and memorable museum exhibits. The book is full of information, guidelines,...


by Seth C. Bruggeman Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 27, 2017)

Commemoration: The American Association for State and Local History Guide serves as a handbook for historic site managers, heritage professionals, and all manner of public historians who contend daily with the...

An American Association for State and Local History Guide to Making Public History

by Bob Beatty Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 26, 2017)

Gain insight into history organizations of all shapes and sizes in this book, which addresses the opportunities and challenges of public historians’ work through the prism of the past, present, and future...

Defining Memory

by Amy K. Levin & Joshua G. Adair Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 20, 2017)

This second edition of Defining Memory: Local Museums and the Construction of History in America's Changing Communities offers readers multiple lenses for viewing and discussing local institutions. New chapters...

The Museum Educator's Manual: Educators Share Successful Techniques

by Anna Johnson, Kimberly A. Huber, Nancy Cutler & Melissa Bingmann et al. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 09, 2017)

This second edition interweaves technology into every aspect of the manual and includes two new chapters on working with K-12 learners and interaction. With checklists, schedules, organizational charts, program...

The Care and Display of Historic Clothing

by Karen M. DePauw Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 18, 2017)

Wearable textiles hold their own stories of trade, manufacture and regionalism, just to name a few; they also tell a personal tale of the individuals who created our history. When we look at a piece of clothing,...

Registration Methods for the Small Museum

by Daniel B. Reibel & Deborah Rose Van Horn Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 13, 2017)

Registration Methods for the Small Museum covers all aspects of the registration process and provides practical solutions for the small museum professional. The fifth edition updates the handbook to fit the...

Art and Public History

by Rebecca Bush & K. Tawny Paul Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 11, 2017)

Art and Public History: Approaches, Opportunities, and Challenges examines the relationship between art and public history, outlining opportunities, challenges, and insights drawn from recent initiatives. With...

Cultural Heritage Tourism

by Cheryl M. Hargrove Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 05, 2017)

Every place has a story to tell, often found in historic sites or cultural traditions of the people who settled or currently live in a community, city, region or state. When these stories and places are shared...

Landscapes and Gardens for Historic Buildings

by Rudy J. Favretti & Joy Putman Favretti Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 28, 2017)

It’s been more than forty years since the second edition of this landmark guide to the preservation and restoration of gardens and landscapes at historic sites was published.

Since the last edition came out,...

Museum Operations

by Samantha Chmelik Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 22, 2017)

Today’s accelerated pace of decision-making combined with the emphases on accountability and transparency has created the need for analytical tools and templates to support the decision-making process of museum...

Exhibit Makeovers

by Alice Parman, Ann Craig, Lyle Murphy & Liz White et al. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 15, 2017)

Since its publication in 2008, Exhibit Makeovers has been a useful do-it-yourself handbook for museum staff and volunteers. Exhibit Makeovers is a workbook that provides grounding in interpretive principles,...

Encyclopedia of Local History

by Amy H. Wilson Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 06, 2017)

The Encyclopedia of Local History addresses nearly every aspect of local history, including everyday issues, theoretical approaches, and trends in the field. This encyclopedia provides both the casual browser...

The Care of Prints and Drawings

by Margaret Holben Ellis Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 15, 2016)

The 2nd edition of The Care of Prints and Drawings provides practical, straightforward advice to those responsible for the preservation of works on paper, ranging from curators, facility managers, conservators,...

Folklife and Museums: Twenty-First Century Perspectives

by C. Kurt Dewhurst, Patricia Hall & Charlie Seemann Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 15, 2016)

Much has changed in the fields of museology and folklife during the past 30 years, when Folklife and Museums: Selected Readings was first published by AASLH Press in 1987. Folklife and Museums: Twenty-First...

Museum Administration 2.0

by Hugh H. Genoways, Lynne M. Ireland & Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 18, 2016)

Wondering what a museum director actually does? About to start your first director's job? Looking for guidance in starting up a museum or working with a museum director? Hugh Genoways, Lynne Ireland, and Cinnamon...

Living History: Effective Costumed Interpretation and Enactment at Museums and Historic Sites

by David B. Allison Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 13, 2016)

Here, David Allison, who has worked at several museums known for effective enactments, provides the fascinating stories of three large living history museums as they adapt to changing audience expectations;...

Art of the Amistad and The Portrait of Cinqu

by Laura A. Macaluso Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 23, 2016)

Tracing the revolutionary creation of what art historian Stephen Eisenman calls “a highly individualized, noble portrait of an African man,” Art of the Amistad and The Portrait of Cinqué is built around...

Textile Collections: Preservation, Access, Curation, and Interpretation in the Digital Age

by Amanda Grace Sikarskie Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 21, 2016)

Collections of textiles—historic costume, quilts, needlework samplers, and the like—have benefited greatly from the digital turn in museum and archival work. Both institutional online repositories and collections-based...

Marketing on a Shoestring Budget: A Guide for Small Museums and Historic Sites

by Deborah Pitel Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 18, 2016)

Here’s a one-stop marketing guide just for small museums and historic sites. In an age when many local historical associations and museums take money from their marketing budget because resources are tight,...

Practical Evaluation Guide: Tools for Museums and Other Informal Educational Settings

by Judy Diamond, Michael Horn & David H. Uttal Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 01, 2016)

Administrators of museums and other informal-learning centers often need to demonstrate, in some tangible way, the effectiveness of their institutions as teaching tools. Practical Evaluation Guide discusses...

Cemetery Tours and Programming: A Guide

by Rachel Wolgemuth Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 24, 2016)

Cemetery Tours and Programming: A Guide shows the range and opportunities of cemetery programming which go beyond the basic starting points like dog-walking or traditional historic walking tours. While most...

Recruiting and Managing Volunteers in Museums: A Handbook for Volunteer Management

by Kristy Van Hoven & Loni Wellman Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (January 07, 2016)

We are in the middle of a museum paradigm shift and a new type of museum volunteer is emerging from the community. Non-profit volunteers are looking for unique and satisfying ways to engage in their communities...

Free and Easy Website Design for Museums and Historic Sites

by Kelsey J. S. Ransick Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 16, 2015)

Alongside a general introduction to website development and design, this book features instructional guides for four of the most popular WYSIWYG editors. With an eye to the specific needs of museums and historic...

Membership Marketing in the Digital Age: A Handbook for Museums and Libraries

by Patricia Rich, Dana S. Hines & Rosie Siemer Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 03, 2015)

Membership Marketing In The Digital Age: A Handbook for Museums and Libraries is a membership manager’s reference book to what works and how on relevant topics such as member acquisition, membership planning...

Nomenclature 4.0 for Museum Cataloging: Robert G. Chenhall's System for Classifying Cultural Objects

by Paul Bourcier, Heather Dunn & The Nomenclature Task Force Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 01, 2015)

Nomenclature 4.0 for Museum Cataloging is an updated and expanded edition of Robert G. Chenhall’s system for classifying human-made objects, originally published in 1978. The Chenhall system is the standard...

On Doing Local History

by Carol Kammen Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 04, 2014)

This is the third edition of a book that has become a classic in the public history field. First published in 1986, revised in 2003, On Doing Local History offers not only discussion of practical matters, but...

Leadership Matters

by Anne W. Ackerson & Joan H. Baldwin Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 26, 2013)

Using personal insights of the history museum field’s most engaging, innovative and entrepreneurial leaders, Leadership Matters profiles what makes inspiring leadership in 21st-century institutions. These...

A Graveyard Preservation Primer

by Lynette Strangstad Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 28, 2013)

A Graveyard Preservation Primer has proven itself to be a time-tested resource for many who are seeking information regarding the protection and preservation of historic graveyards This fresh, updated edition...

Archives for the Lay Person: A Guide to Managing Cultural Collections

by Lois Hamill Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 27, 2012)

Collections management can be a daunting task for volunteers and employees alike. Archives for the Lay Person provides practical, step-by-step guidance for those managing all facets of archival collections at...

Starting Right: A Basic Guide to Museum Planning

by Gerald George & Carol Maryan-George Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 10, 2012)

Are you thinking of starting a museum? Starting Right: A Basic Guide to Museum Planning uses straightforward, non-technical language to share the basics of museum planning in an evening’s read. The third edition...

Preservation Politics: Keeping Historic Districts Vital

by William E. Schmickle Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 05, 2012)

Preservation Politics is a provocative look at the changing prospects for historic districts, and how local preservation commissions, volunteers, and staff can prevent and reverse decline by thinking and acting...

Twilight at Conner Prairie: The Creation, Betrayal, and Rescue of a Museum

by Berkley W. Duck Iii Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 16, 2011)

Twilight at Conner Prairie follows the development of the museum, the conflicts of interest created by the terms of founder Eli Lilly's gifts, and the breakdown of the relationship between the museum and its...

Nearby History: Exploring the Past Around You

by David E. Kyvig & Myron A. Marty Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 16, 2010)

Acclaimed for nearly thirty years as the most comprehensive introduction to research in North American family and community history, and now thoroughly updated, this book is essential for aspiring and practicing...

Early American Decorative Arts, 1620-1860: A Handbook for Interpreters

by Rosemary Troy Krill Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 16, 2010)

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library is renowned for its decorative arts collection. An indispensable guide for curators, educators, interpreters, and students of decorative arts, this revised and enhanced edition...

Preventive Conservation for Historic House Museums

by Jane Merritt & Julie A. Reilly Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (January 16, 2010)

Preventive Conservation for Historic House Museums describes the care routines that a historic house should practice to protect the site and its collections from damage, wear, deterioration, and catastrophic...

Private History in Public: Exhibition and the Settings of Everyday Life

by Tammy S. Gordon & Harold Skramstad Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (January 16, 2010)

Private History in Public examines history exhibits in small community museums and non-museum settings like bars, churches, and barbershops and argues that these exhibits promote dialogue on historical topics...

The Oral History Manual

by Barbara W. Sommer & Mary Kay Quinlan Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 16, 2009)

The Oral History Manual grounds oral historians in the practice of oral history, taking the reader through the entire process, from the idea for a project through the completed, archived interviews.

Registration Methods for the Small Museum

by Daniel B. Reibel Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 20, 2008)

Daniel B Reibel's Registration Methods for the Small Museum has been the definitive guide to registration methodology since 1978. Covering all aspects of the registration of museum collections, Registration...

The Making of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park: A Devil, Two Rivers, and a Dream

by Teresa S. Moyer & Paul A. Shackel Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 27, 2007)

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is most widely known today for the attempted slave revolt led by John Brown in 1859, the nucleus for the interpretation of the current national park. Here, Teresa S. Moyer...

Defining Memory: Local Museums and the Construction of History in America's Changing Communities

by Amy K. Levin, Tami Christopher, James Connor & J Daniel d'Oney et al. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 01, 2007)

Defining Memory uses case studies of exhibits from around the country to examine how local museums, defined as museums whose collections are local in scope or whose audiences are primarily local, have both shaped...

Moving a House with Preservation in Mind

by Peter Paravalos Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 02, 2006)

Moving a House with Preservation in Mind provides step-by-step instructions on the process of moving a historic building, from the initial decision-making to the actual move. With detailed information on moving...

Is Your Museum Grant-Ready?: Assessing Your Organization's Potential for Funding

by Sarah S. Brophy Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 03, 2005)

This succinct text provides an accessible, step-by-step guide for small museums and historic organizations to help assess their readiness for the often laborious grant-application process. It includes seven...