Sustaining Places is a collaborative resource project from the Museum Studies Program at the University of Delaware. Between 2011 and 2015, the site was supported by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services‘ 21st Century Museum Professionals Program.
The purpose of this website is to collect examples of good ideas and best practices for small historical organizations. We are always adding new resources to our annotated bibliographies, as well as producing and posting new project videos and two-minute techniques. These are made by numerous contributors, including Sustaining Places graduate assistants and Museum Studies graduate students, often with the assistance of a historic site an museum staff.
For several years, Sustaining Places also offered workshops on a variety of topics useful to small museums. The last of these, “Board S.O.S.!” was offered at the 2015 Small Museum Association Conference. We compiled handbooks on the subjects and handed them out at each workshop; if you missed a workshop and are interested in the materials, we will be sharing as much as we can here.