New Report on House Museums
University-affiliated Historic House Museums, a report commissioned by The 1772 Foundation from the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage at Brown University, now is available. The report considers challenges and opportunities for university-affiliated historic house museums and offers suggestions for making these museums more relevant and useful to their academic communities. It includes a survey of existing practice, an analysis of recent innovations and trends in the related areas of university art and anthropology museums and of historic house museums more generally, and an overview of other uses for historic houses on university campuses.
The authors, Dr. Steven Lubar, Professor of American Studies, and graduate students Hillary Brady and Rebecca Soules, also include several scenarios specifically for Kean University’s Liberty Hall Museum (Union, New Jersey) to discuss as it considers its future. Liberty Hall, built in 1772, was The 1772 Foundation’s first restoration project and is the ancestral home of its founder, Stewart Barney Kean.