On a very general level, our society uses the word “historic” to mark something as notably old. Historic properties beloved by the public such as Mt. Vernon are usually successful and deemed historic because either an important event happened there, an important person was there, or an important theme is associated with the space. [see … More Historic Property? Are you Preserving, Rehabilitating, Restoring, and/or Reconstructing?
The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens Earlier this month I enjoyed touring the grounds of the Fells Historic Estate and Gardens overlooking Lake Sunapee in New Hampshire. It is the former summer home of John M. Hay (1838-1905), an American writer and diplomat. Hay’s son Clarence and his wife Alice Appleton Hay later inherited the … More The Fells & Landscape Design in the Arts & Crafts Movement
In honor of Memorial Day, this post will serve to discuss the concept of a “living memorial” and how the creation of such entities is truly interdisciplinary in nature, often requiring a diverse team of professionals including architects, artists, storytellers, historians, environmental graphic designers, as well as subject experts on the thing being memorialized. While … More What is a living memorial?
I give tours for an historic house in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park that is of the colonial style in both its architecture and collections. During these tours we talk about the period architecture, objects, and antiquities, and I’m commonly asked how a young man in his early 30’s knows so much about colonial history and material … More #Learningtheory and the best way to learn every major #design period from #Arts&Crafts to #Postmodern
Here’s a question for those working in organizations with the responsibility of promoting work, winning awards, and creating content: How long would it take a new employee on your team to perform these 10 queries?: Find all photos taken by a particular photographer in the last five years. Find all past documentation used in applying … More Maximizing your marketing & communications production through three information management practices
When an informational professional works in facilities… My first job out of library school was working in the facilities and real estate division of a well funded Ivy League university situated on a large urban campus. I was hired as a digital archivist and data manager in the Office of the University Architect, and my … More Why all #facilitiesmanagers need to be #informationstewards
A few months ago, I wrote a fairly comprehensive post on explaining the various types of red lists that professionals in the natural and built environment industry might encounter. Essentially, red lists can symbolize things at risk such as flora or fauna, or it can be used to highlight things that are harmful, such as … More Why every organization should maintain a #blacklist