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, Virginia 22121
United States

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.)

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. 

We encourage you to attend both days if possible to gain the most from the summit.

Outcomes we will produce from the meeting:

  • Challenges faced by historic house and sites in their day-to-day practice to inform discussion and future resources
  • Enhanced networking and connection 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:
Preservation, Curation and the Collections at Mount Vernon
Appealing to History Aficionados Rather than History Fans

 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm      Wine, 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:
Striking a balance, respectful and relevant programming in your historic core.
Staying relevant while preserving history.
Teaching Andrew Jackson: Using SWOT Analysis to Bring Context to Controversy.

Register for both days (March 23 and 24):

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Cancellation requests for this event must be received in writing no later than March, 9th, 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.