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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...

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...

Fundraising for Small Museums: In Good Times and Bad

by Salvatore G. Cilella Jr. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 16, 2011)

This brief manual is designed specifically for people running the thousands of small museums and historic sites across the U.S. and Canada. These smaller institutions tend to lack funding and professional staff,...

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...

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.

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...

Museum Store Management

by Mary Miley Theobald Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 26, 2000)

Museum Store Management is an essential resource for anyone planning to open or manage a museum store. The second edition contains an additional chapter on merchandising, many more illustrations and examples,...

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...

Managing Historical Records Programs: A Guide for Historical Agencies

by Bruce W. Dearstyne Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 20, 2000)

Dearstyne's goal is to foster stronger, more vibrant historical records programs by introducing archival work and describing strategies, approaches, principles and practices of strong programs. Lots of examples,...

The New Town Square: Museums and Communities in Transition

by Robert R. Archibald Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 17, 2004)

In this lyrical volume Robert R. Archibald explores a growing crisis of modern America: the dissolution of place that leads to a dangerous rupture of community. Community_born historically within the collective...

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...

Oral History: An Interdisciplinary Anthology

by David K. Dunaway & Willa K. Baum Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 18, 1996)

Oral History: An Interdisciplinary Anthology is a collection of classic articles by some of the best known proponents of oral history, demonstrating the basics of oral history, while also acting as a guidebook...

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...

Exploring Museum Theatre

by Tessa Bridal Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 17, 2004)

Handbook for museums that wish to mount theatre productions.

A Place to Remember: Using History to Build Community

by Robert R. Archibald Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 02, 1999)

Well-known public historian Robert Archibald's personal exploration of the intersections of history, memory, and community reveals how we participate in the making and sustaining of community as well as how...

Editing Historical Documents: A Handbook of Practice

by Michael E. Stevens & Steven B. Burg Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 15, 1997)

This volume is aimed both at more experienced editors, who may wish to skip over the advice offered in the introduction, as well as at those who are new to the craft and want to know how to begin work on publishing...

Dialogue with the Past: Engaging Students and Meeting Standards through Oral History

by Glenn Whitman Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 15, 2004)

Oral history is a marvelous force for empowering young people with a love of history. Peppered with useful tips, examples from students and teachers, and reproducible forms, along with an comprehensive bibliography,...

American Artifacts of Personal Adornment, 1680-1820: A Guide to Identification and Interpretation

by Carolyn L. White Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 08, 2005)

The first comprehensive guide to identifying and interpreting items such as buttons, clasps, buckles, combs, and other items of personal adornment in early American museum collections and archaeological sites....

Great Tours!: Thematic Tours and Guide Training for Historic Sites

by Barbara Abramoff Levy, Sandra Mackenzie Lloyd & Susan Porter Schreiber Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 07, 2002)

This open and engaging book will help you develop thematic tours and train your guides to lead those tours, while aiding you in managing your guide program effectively. The authors' unique approach includes...

Interpreting Historic House Museums

by Jessica Foy Donnelly Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 23, 2002)

Respected museum professionals discuss contemporary issues and successful programs, and offer practical guidelines and information, up-to-date references, and lively illustrations in this wide-ranging volume....

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...

Digital Imaging: A Practical Approach

by Jill Marie Koelling Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (January 29, 2004)

Digital Imaging is the essential guide to understanding digitization and managing a digitizing project. Koelling covers everything from deciding if digitizing is for you to planning and management, choosing...

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...

Places of Worship: Exploring Their History

by James P. Wind Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 06, 1995)

Whether Christian churches, Jewish synagogues, Islamic mosques, Buddhist temples, or the gathering places for other faiths, buildings designed for worship are significant to both their own community of believers...

Learning from Museums: Visitor Experiences and the Making of Meaning

by John H. Falk & Lynn D. Dierking Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 17, 2000)

Why do people go to museums and what do they learn there? What roles can museums serve in a learning community? How can museums facilitate more effective learning experiences? John H. Falk and Lynn D. Dierking...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...


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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

The Promise of Cultural Institutions

by David Carr Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 08, 2004)

This thought-provoking collection of essays is essential reading for anyone who cares about cultural institutions and their role in the community of learners. These institutions—often museums or libraries—have...

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,...