Select List of Past Museum Studies Conferences

New Audiences for Old Houses: Building a Future with the Past

Speakers:

Cary Carson, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (ret.), US, The End of History Museums: What’s Plan B?”

Reena Suleman, Curator of Collections and Research, Leighton House Museum, England, Leighton House Museum and the New Connoisseurship”

Dr. John Walton, University of Central Lancashire, England, “Recovering the Popular Past: The Beamish Open-Air Museum in its British Context”

Giles Waterfield, Director, Royal Collection Studies, Attingham Trust, England, “The Country House in Britain – Yesterday and Tomorrow

Patricia West, Curator, National Park Service, US, “A Thing of the Past: The Beginning of History Museums”

Conference conveners:

Melanie Hall, Associate Professor and Director of Museum Studies, Art History Department, Boston University

Claire Dempsey, Associate Professor and Director of Preservation Studies, American and New England Studies, Boston University

Flavia Cigliano, Director, Nichols House Museum, Boston

Conference supported by: The Humanities Foundation at Boston University, the Boston Athenaeum, The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Preservation Fund for Eastern Massachusetts, and a friend of the Nichols House Museum.

 

At Home with the Past: Interpreting Historic House Museums for the 21st Century

Speakers:

Margaret Richardson, Director, Sir John Soane’s Museum, London, England, “Sir John Soane’s Museum: Changing Ways of Interpretation and Innovation”

Kathleen Johnson, Curator of Collections, Historic Hudson Valley, Tarrytown, NY, “Giving Voice to the Previously Unheard at Philipsburg Manor: A Colonial Provisioning Plantation and its Enslaved Community”

Edward Diestelkamp, Building Design Advisor, Historic Buildings Department, The National Trust, London, England; Lecturer, NYU in London, “Interpretation of the National Trust’s Historic Houses and Properties”

Peter Brown, Director, Fairfax House Museum, York, England, “Presenting the Past: A Forensic Approach to Table Display at Fairfax House

Stephen Long, Vice President of Collections and Education, Lower East Side Tenement Museum, New York, NY, “Harnessing the Power of History”

Conference convenors:

Melanie Hall, Associate Professor and Director of Museum Studies, Art History Department, Boston University

Flavia Cigliano, Director, Nichols House Museum, Boston, Massachusetts

Conference supported by: The Humanities Foundation at Boston University, Board of Governors, Nichols House Museum and the Boston Athenaeum.

 

The Historic House and Its Setting

Speakers:

Dr. Peter Leach, Senior Lecturer in History, Department of Historical and Critical Studies, University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom, “The House with a View in late 18th Century England”

Edward R. Bosley, Director, Gamble House, Pasadena, California, “Autopia in the Garden: Conserving Early Car Culture at The Gamble House

Lucinda A. Brockway, Landscape Preservationist and Lecturer, Kennebunk, Maine, “Capturing the Spirit of a Legend: Harriet Beecher Stowe, Nook Farm and Plans for the 21st Century

Lee Farrow Cook, Site Manager, Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, Brookline, Massachusetts, “Restoring the Landscape at Fairsted, Frederick Law Olmsted’s Home and Office

Ian Gow, Curator, The National Trust for Scotland, Newhailes, “Awakening Edinburugh’s Early Georgian Sleeping Beauty House”

William L. Beiswanger, Robert H. Smith Director of Restoration, Monticello, Virginia,  “Preserving Thomas Jefferson’s Essay in Landscape at Monticello

Evelyn D. Trebilcock, Curator, Olana State Historic Site, Hudson, New York, “Truth to Nature, Canvas to Landscape: Frederic Church’s Olana

Deborah Pope, Executive Director, Shangri La, Honolulu, Hawaii, “Imagining Shangri La: Doris Duke’s Islamic-Style Estate in Hawaii

John R. Tschirch, Architectural Historian, “The Preservation Society of Newport County, Landscape Plan of The Breakers

Conference convenors:

Melanie Hall, Associate Professor and Director of Museum Studies, Art History Department, Boston University

Dr. Richard Candee, Director, Preservation Studies Program

John Tschirch, Director of Academic Program and Architectural Historian, Preservation Society of Newport County

Conference supported by:
he Humanities Foundation at Boston University, the American Friends of The National Trust for Scotland, and the Preservation Society of Newport County

 

Historic Landscapes

Speakers:

Dr. Keith Morgan, Professor or Art History, Boston University, “The Inalienable Pleasure Ground: Charles Eliot and the Emergence of Regional Landscape Planning in New England”

Dr. Martin Cherry, Chief Buildings Historian, “English Hertiage, Changing Approaches to Landscape Issues and the Politics of Historic Landscape Designation”

Dr. Ulrich Lange, Coordinator of National Research, The National Museum of Cultural History, Sweden, “From Buildings to Landscape: Cultural and Environmental Preservation in Sweden”

Dr. Mohammed Rafique Mughal, Professor, Department of Archaeology, Boston University, “Changing Landscape Around the Garden City of Lahore, Pakistan”

Dr. Desmond Fitzgerald, The Knight of Glin, President, Irish Georgian Society, “Historic Parks and Gardens: Their Past and Their Future in Ireland”

Joanna Doherty, Preservation Planner, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management, “Preservation in Practice: The Massachusetts Historic Landscape Preservation Grand Program”

Alison K. Hoagland, Associate Professor of History and Historic Preservation, Michigan Technological University, “Nature vs. Nurture: Cultural Landscape and Change”

Dr. Paul Groth, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture and Department of Geography, University of California, Berkley, “Dilemma Raised By Preserving Spaces of Oppression: Indian Reservations of the American West”

Terrance Levinthal, Director, The Scottish Civic Trust, “The Cultural Landscape of Scotland-Identity and Change”

Conference convenors:

Melanie Hall, Associate Professor and Director of Museum Studies, Art History Department, Boston University

John Tschirch, Director of Academic Program and Architectural Historian, Preservation Society of Newport County

Conference supported by: The Humanities Foundation at Boston University, and the Preservation Society of Newport County

 

Preserving the Livable City

Speakers:

Dr. Sean O’Reilly, Director, The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, Former Secretary, Irish Georgian Society, “Regeneration or Degeneration: Dublin’s Temple Bar Experience

Dr. Barnes Riznik, Director Emeritus, Wailoi Mission House and Grove Farm Homestead, Kauai, Hawaii, “Honolulu’s Capitol District: A Preservation Partnership”

Gray Hitzsimmions, Historian, Lowell National Historic Park, Lowell, Massachusetts, “Lowell’s Diverse Communities and Historic Preservation: A Critical Appraisal”

Dr. Kevin Murphy, Associate Professor of Art History, CUNY Graduate Center, City University, “New York Progress and Preservation in 19th Century Rouen”

Dr. Steven Parissien, Director, Sotheby’s Institute, London. “Theatre in the Park: The Prince Regent and Nash’s New West End”

Gretchen Schuler, Preservation Consultant & Eric E. Dray, Preservation Consultant, Historic District Commission Design Review”

Pieter N. Roos, Director, Newport Restoration Foundation, “A Grander View: a Historical Perspective on Rebuilding the Streetscapes of Newport”

Frank N. Ray, Foundation for Newport, “A Traffic Plan for Historic Newport”

Andrew H. McLeod, Trust for Public Land

Robert H. Kuehn, Jr., President, Keen Development Corporation, Massachusetts Community Preservation Act

Dr. Martin Cherry, Director of National Programs, English Heritage, United Kingdom, “Myth or History?: Reimagining the Past in Los Angeles”

Leopold Adler II, President, Preservation Associates, Savannah Georgia, “Preservation for Profit in Savannah, Georgia”

John R. Tschirch, Architectural Historian, The Preservation Society of Newport County

Ann E. Robinson, Ph.D. Candidate, Boston University, “Ochre Point: The Survival and Revival of a Gilded Age District”

Pieter N. Roos, Director, Newport Restoration Foundation, “The Point: Preserving an 18th Century District

Conference convenors:

Melanie Hall, Associate Professor and Director of Museum Studies, Art History Department, Boston University

John R. Tschirch, Director of Academic Programs and Architectural Historian

Conference supported by:The Humanities Foundation at Boston University, the Preservation Society of Newport County, Newport Restoration Foundation and The Hotel Viking

 

Preserving Small Cities: Historic Identities and Contemporary Living

Speakers:

Dr. Robert Tavernor, Professor and Chair of Architecture, University of Bath, “The Renaissance Ideal City: from Alberti to Palladio”

Dr. Deborah Mays, Head of Listing, Historic Scotland, “Edinburgh: Past and Present Preservation in a World Heritage Site”

Daniel Snydacker, Executive Director, The Newport Historical Society, “Colonial Newport: The Newport National Historic Landmark District”

Pieter N. Roos, Executive Director, Newport Restoration Foundation, “Remaking 18th Century Newport: The Hill Section”

John R. Tschirch, Architectural Historian, The Preservation Society of Newport County,  “Gilded Age Newport Transformed: The Bellevue Avenue National Historic Landmark District”

Dr. Steven Parissen, Assistant Director, The Paul Mellon Center, London, “Reinventing the Middle Ages: he Architecture of Oxford in the Modern Era”

Dr. Carl Lounsbury, Architectural Historian, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, “The Changing Perception of the Restoration of Williamsburg”

Orlando Ridout V, Chief, Office of Research, Maryland Historical Trust, “Annapolis: Economics as a Force in Historic Preservation”

Melanie Hall, Associate Professor, Department of Art History, Boston University, “Stratford, Shakespeare and the Americans: A Town for all Seasons”

Carter L. Hudgins, Hofer Distinguished Professor of American Culture and Historic Preservation, Mary Washington College, Charleston, “South Carolina: Inclusive Past, Exclusive Present”

Chris Wilson, Jackson Professor of Cultural Landscape Studies, University of New Mexico, “Santa Fe and the Mixed Blessings of Heritage Tourism”

Jeffry M. Diefendorf, Professor, Department of History, University of New Hampshire, “Germany: Destroying and Rebuilding Identity”

Mark Fram, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto, Stratford, “Ontario: Blue Collars on Stage”

Donald Insall, CBE, Founder-Director, Donald Insall Associates Architects, London, “Conservation in Chester: Making it Happen”

Conference convenors:

Melanie Hall, Associate Professor and Director of Museum Studies, Art History Department, Boston University

John R. Tschirch, Director of Academic Programs and Architectural Historian

Conference supported by: The Preservation Society of Newport County and The Humanities Foundation at Boston University

 

International Origins of the Preservation Movement: 1800-1920

Keynote Speakers:

Caroline Ford, Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles, “The French Historic Preservation Movement in Colonial Algeria, 1880-1930″

Peter Mandler, Reader in Modern British History, Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge, “Rethinking the “Destructive Force”: An Anti-History of the Preservation Movement in Britain”

Speakers:

Anne Blackburn, Associate Professor of South Asia and Buddhist Studies, Cornell University, “Early Preservation Efforts in Anuradhapura”

Erik Goldstein, Professor of International Relations and History, Boston University, “Britain and Holy Wisdom: The Fate of the Hagia Sophia”

Melanie Hall, Associate Professor and Director of Museum Studies, Boston University, “Preservation in Britain and America as “Common Ground””

Michael Holleran, Associate Dean of Research, College of Architecture and Planning University of Colorado, Denver, “A Culture of Change, A Change of Culture in Boston”

Chris Miele, Senior Director, RPS Planning, Transport and Environment, “London, “Heritage” and Its Communities: The English Experience”

Astrid Svensen, PhD Candidate, Astrid Swenson, St. John’s College, Cambridge, “The Law’s Delay?: Preservation Legislation in France, Germany and England, 1870-1914″

Cherie Wendelken, Research Affiliate, Reischauer Institute, Harvard University, “Tradition, History, Biography: Approaches to Architectural Preservation in Japan”

Ola Wetterburg, Professor, Department of Conservation, Göteborg University, Sweden, “Critical and Instrumental Use of Historical Perspectives in Swedish Planning, 1900-1920″

Conference convenor:

Melanie Hall, Associate Professor and Director of Museum Studies, Art History Department, Boston University

Graduate Assistant: Melissa Renn

Conference funded by The Humanities Foundation at Boston University.