Thursday, November 3, 2016
6:00 pm—Opening Keynote Lecture
Curtis G. Viebranz, President and CEO, Mount Vernon
How does a 258 year-old house museum stay relevant? What are the challenges in telling the history of people and places whose stories are taught to every school-age child in the United States?
Mount Vernon, the ancestral home of George Washington, was on the brink of ruin when purchased by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association in 1858. Under the care of the organization, the estate was restored, and opened to the public, continuing a tradition started by Washington himself. Designated a national Historic Landmark in 1960, Mount Vernon is still maintained by the Association, and is accessible to the public every day of the year.
Join PPS and Mount Vernon President and CEO Curt Viebranz as he discusses the technical challenges of overseeing a 500 acre estate, including installation of a state-of-the-art fire suppression system for the Mansion and dependencies, the creation of a Historic Buildings Information Management System and the establishment of the first dedicated endowment for the Mansion, historic buildings and landscape at Mount Vernon. Mr. Viebranz will also discuss how the interpretation of Mount Vernon has evolved with its audience, such as a major expansion in the museum’s digital presence, and how they have answered the question of “Why Preserve” throughout their 160 year history.
Discussion with Carl R. Nold, President and CEO of Historic New England, to follow.
FREE and open to the public. Register here (registration required)
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