Sustaining Places

Resources for small museums and historic sites

Buildings and Grounds

Historic Homes

The Minnesota Historical Society published this Historic Housekeeping Manual in 2000, but its recommendations for a regular schedule of housekeeping, and its instructions for simple, common-sense procedures, are still excellent.

The Save America’s Windows blog by John Leeke provides a video series from minor to major window repair work.  This video on Sash Spot Painting is helpful for minor repairs.  There is also a forum to address organizing a window project, surveying and documenting windows, and window assessment.

From the Northeast Museum Services Center, here is a series on housekeeping for historic sites.


Wondering what to do with those beautiful but needy historic trees on your property? Check out this video from students in the University of Delaware’s Longwood Graduate Program in Public Horticulture that will give you a few tips on how to care for your historic trees. For more information and for links in this video, download More Information on Historic Trees (PDF).

Museum Stores

Looking for tips on starting or improving your museum store? Check out these retail guidelines for small museums from the Association of Independent Museums.

Mailing Address

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