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Seton Hall University

1. Gaston, Hannah M. If These Walls Could Talk: Best Practices for Storytelling in Historic House Museums.

Degree: MA Museum Professions, Communication and the Arts, 2019, Seton Hall University

Historic house museums are one of the most common types of museums in the United States. These museums vary from large institutions with budgets of several million dollars to entirely volunteer-run organizations, but all these museums tell stories about their former inhabitants, their buildings, and their objects. While some of these museums excel at storytelling through programming and interpretation, many historic house museums still struggle to discover and implement recognized best practices. With limited resources, decreased visitation, and questions of sustainability, historic house museums have to learn to tell relevant and compelling stories to stay viable. Literature from the field suggests four best practices for relevant storytelling: 1) include diverse stories and narratives; 2) connect the past to the present; 3) build shared authority; and 4) make the human connection. This study surveys historic house museums across the United States to identify the institutional leaders of the field that are successfully utilizing storytelling best practices. Case studies of eight historic house museums led to a set of five recommendations for each best practice. These recommendations serve as a tool for practical implementation of best practices for telling relevant and compelling stories at all historic house museums. Advisors/Committee Members: Gregory Stevens, MAT.

Subjects/Keywords: historic house museums; best practices; storytelling; case studies; stories; museums; Museum Studies

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APA (6th Edition):

Gaston, H. M. (2019). If These Walls Could Talk: Best Practices for Storytelling in Historic House Museums. (Doctoral Dissertation). Seton Hall University. Retrieved from https://scholarship.shu.edu/dissertations/2694

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Gaston, Hannah M. “If These Walls Could Talk: Best Practices for Storytelling in Historic House Museums.” 2019. Doctoral Dissertation, Seton Hall University. Accessed August 24, 2019. https://scholarship.shu.edu/dissertations/2694.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Gaston, Hannah M. “If These Walls Could Talk: Best Practices for Storytelling in Historic House Museums.” 2019. Web. 24 Aug 2019.

Vancouver:

Gaston HM. If These Walls Could Talk: Best Practices for Storytelling in Historic House Museums. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. Seton Hall University; 2019. [cited 2019 Aug 24]. Available from: https://scholarship.shu.edu/dissertations/2694.

Council of Science Editors:

Gaston HM. If These Walls Could Talk: Best Practices for Storytelling in Historic House Museums. [Doctoral Dissertation]. Seton Hall University; 2019. Available from: https://scholarship.shu.edu/dissertations/2694

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