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Historic House Museums

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Historic houses are the most common historical institutions in America. Whether they are modest structures of local significance or national treasures, they are important and accessible cultural resources. This course traces the progress of the historic house movement in this country, from its origins in the middle of the 19th century to the present. Students explore continuities and changes in historic house mission, administration, and interpretation within shifting cultural, political, economic, and demographic contexts. A key feature of this course is visits to historic houses in the Northeast, where students learn on site about issues and challenges facing the nation’s historic houses today. 3 credits.