Leading Forward: Shaping the Future of Your Historic Site

A working meeting organized by the American Alliance of Museums and its Historic Houses and Sites Network.
Co-hosted by George Washington's Mount Vernon and the Mount Vernon Ladies Association.  

March 23-24, 2018

George Washington's Mount Vernon

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Mount Vernon, VA 22121

Join us at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, located in Alexandria, Virginia, for the first American Alliance of Museums, Historic House and Sites Network Summit entitled, Leading Forward: Shaping the Future of Your Historic Site.

In an effort to connect leaders of historic sites with relevant and accessible topics that drive everyday decision-making at their museums, AAM's Historic House and Sites Professional Network will convene thought leaders, experts in the field, and you to discuss the challenges you face in your everyday practice. Leadership will be the overarching topic for the inaugural Summit to be held at Mount Vernon, the historic estate of our George Washington.

Each day will begin with a thought provoking keynote speaker to spark subsequent breakout discussions. Case Study presentations will follow with opportunities throughout each day for discussion and dialog, networking with colleagues, touring the estate, and brainstorming the future of your historic site. 

Attend both days to get the most from the summit.

Why you should attend:

  • Learn about challenges faced by historic houses and sites in their day-to-day practice to inform discussion and future resources
  • Enhanced networking and connections with leading colleagues from historic sites around the US
  • An opportunity to discuss and reflect on the challenges that require innovative leadership

Who Should Attend:

The event is open to all museum professionals and any others with an interest in the topic area.

If you have any questions about registering or need assistance accessing your account please contact registration@aam-us.org or call (866) 226-2150.

Schedule at a Glance:

Friday, March 23

8:30 am – 5:30 pm   Program 

Leadership, Legacy and Enduring Lessons of George Washington
Douglas Bradburn, President and CEO, George Washington's Mount Vernon

Sessions include: 

Building a Future for the Past: A Collaborative Approach to 21st-century Historic Site Management, Carol Cadou, Senior Vice President for Historic Preservation and Collections, George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Inclusive Narratives: Slavery Interpretation at Historic Sites, Nicole Ivy, Director of Inclusion, the American Alliance of Museums, and Jessie MacLeod, Associate Curator, George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Appealing to History Aficionados Rather than Hard Core History Fans, Elizabeth L Maurer, Director, Re-Living History and Curator of Education, DEA Museum & Visitors Center

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm      Reception, play BeWashington, and enjoy private evening tours

Saturday, March 24   

8:30 am – 5:15 pm Program

Pivot Point: Getting Ready to Engage Complex and Controversial Topics
Sean Kelley, Senior Vice President, Director of Interpretation, Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

Sessions include:

Institutional Legacy or Just Baggage? How You Can Tell and Practical Ways to Ensure (Most) Everyone is Happy with Your Programs, Ann Loshaw, ALo Consulting

Teaching Andrew Jackson: Using SWOTT Analysis to Bring Context to Controversy, Erin Adams, Director of Education & Interpretation, Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage

Staying Relevant while Preserving the Past: Engaging Artists to Provide Fresh Perspectives on Historic Sites, Gina Wouters, Vice President of Museum Affairs/Chief Curator, Cheekwood Estate & Gardens

Registration fees:

  • Tier 2 and 3 members: $100 for day 1 or day 2 and $200 for both days 

  • Tier 1 and non-members: $125 for day 1 or day 2 and $250 for both days

Registration is limited each day to the first 100 to register. (Registration includes lunch and coffee breaks each day as well as Vault access during lunch and an evening reception.)

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Cancellation requests for this event must be received in writing no later than March 9, 2018 to receive a full refund of your registration fees. Refund requests will not be accepted after that date. The Alliance reserves the right to cancel any program at any time, for any reason. In the event of a program cancellation by the Alliance, attendees will receive a full refund of their registration fees. For face-to-face programs, the Alliance is not responsible for any travel or hotel expenses incurred as a result of your participation or cancellation of an event.

Hotel Information

The Washington D.C. area is a popular tourist destination in the spring for marches and festivals. We suggest that you book your accommodations early. Here is a list of hotels near George Washington’s Mount Vernon:

Very close to Mount Vernon

  • Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Belvoir Alexandria South
  • Candlewood Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir
  • Best Western Mount Vernon
  • TownePlace Suites by Marriott Alexandria Fort Belvoir
  • Quality Inn Mount Vernon

Old Town Alexandria

  • Kimpton Lorien Hotel and Spa
  • The Alexandrian
  • Morrison House
  • Embassy Suites Old Town
  • Hilton Old Town