Starting Right: A Basic Guide to Museum Planning

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Rowman Altamira, Aug 10, 2012 - Business & Economics - 182 pages
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Are you thinking of starting a museum? Starting Right has been helping non-professionals learn the basics of museum planning for nearly three decades. This fully-revised, third edition will help you understand what you are getting into, evaluate prospects, avoid pitfalls, and take advantage of many kinds of available help. Addressing current and perennial issues facing new museums, from digital technologies to fund raising concerns, Starting Right takes you step-by-step through the process of creating a sound plan for starting your museum.
 

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Contents

1 What Makes a Good Museum?
3
2 How Can You Finance It?
15
3 Where Can You Get Help?
29
PART II NUTS AND BOLTS
51
4 Analyze for Essentials
53
5 Organize for Operation
65
6 Plan for Activities
77
7 Recruit the Human Resources
99
10 And If You Are Planning a Historic House Museum?
135
PART IV SOME BASIC DOCUMENTS
139
Appendix A Basic Organization Chart
141
Appendix B Board Membership Responsibilities Agreement
143
Appendix C Sample Museum Bylaws
145
Appendix D Sample Position Description for a Director
153
Appendix E Sample Certificate of Gift
155
Appendix F Standard Object Cataloguing Record
157

8 Now Will It Really Work?
111
PART III ALTERNATIVES
121
9 And If You Dont Want to Do All That?
123
Index
159
About the Authors
167
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Gerald George is a professional writer and editor. He served as director of the American Association for State and Local History from 1978 to 1987.
Carol Maryan-George is an experienced museum professional and archivist who has held positions at numerous historic sites and museums, including Old Sturbridge Village and the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of African Art.

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