Sustaining Places

Resources for small museums and historic sites


New Resources!

We have been working hard around the site to include some new resources to help you all. Here are some of the new resources:

On our Collections Care page, Marc Williams at the American Conservation Center shared the results of his study of inexpensive temperature & relative humidity monitors and light monitors.

We set up a Technology page with free or cost effective resources to help you with your media projects, be they graphic design or website creation.

We also built a Visitor Experience page! It is full of articles about how to ensure a successful visitor experience, how to spot problem areas, and how to plan for the future.

But ultimately our goal is to be helping you – so let us know what questions you have or what you would like to see more of in the future! You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, or you can drop us an email.


Welcome to Sustaining Places, a collaborative resource project from the Museum Studies Program at the University of Delaware and the Tri-State Coalition of Historic Places. This site is supported by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services’ 21st Century Museum Professionals Program. This website collects examples of good ideas and best practices for small historical organizations.


Quick online resources for small museums


Videos about collections care, exhibitions, and much more


Sustaining Places-hosted workshops

Click on our mascot, SPencer, and you will find a treasure trove of useful information–links to online and downloadable material created by other organizations and new content created by graduate students in the Museum Studies Program at the University of Delaware. Content has been vetted for its quality, and brief annotations let you know what to expect when you click on each link.

Mailing Address

University of Delaware
Museum Studies Program, Sustaining Places
77 E. Main St.
Newark, DE 19711