The Historic House Trust of New York City

in partnership with NYC Parks, advocates for, promotes, and provides expertise to preserve 23 publicly owned historic sites located throughout the city’s five boroughs.

HHT Lecture Series

Places that Innovate: Reimagining Historic Sites
Thursday, October 3, 2019|6:00-7:30 p.m.
Free (RSVP required)
King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center
Screening Room/Auditorium, First Floor, 113
53 Washington Square South New York, NY 10012

Drawing from innovative sites across the United States, this illustrated conversation will profile intriguing new models for adapting to the rapidly-shifting role museums must play in the 21st century. Authors Max van Balgooy and Kenneth Turino will share insights from their newly-published anthology, Reimagining Historic House Museums: New Approaches and Proven Solutions, which provides indispensable and imaginative strategies to forge a sustainable path forward for our country’s historic places. They will be joined in conversation by Lisa Ackerman, Chair of the Historic House Trust.

Through an interactive dialogue, van Balgooy, Turino, and Ackerman will use their diverse experiences in the heritage field to address challenges currently facing history-focused institutions. Topics will include assessing whether an organization’s purpose is meaningful to outside audiences, challenging institutions to think holistically, and ensuring that leadership supports risk and experimentation. Join the Historic House Trust in creatively thinking beyond a museum’s “four walls” to reimagine what historic sites can aspire to be in contemporary times.
Q&A and book signing to follow. Books will be available for purchase.
Presented in partnership with the Historic House Trust of New York City and New York University’s Archives & Public History MA Program.


30th Anniversary Founders Award Dinner

On Monday, June 10th the Historic House Trust’s supporters gathered together at the 2019 Founders Award Dinner honoring the six former Chairs of the organization: Timothy C. Forbes, Cynthia C. Wainwright, Robert Quinlan, Deborah Krulewitch, Franny Eberhart, and John C. Gustafsson.
We toasted their impeccable leadership and timeless achievements, which continue to provide enduring value to many of New York City’s greatest historic treasures. Many thanks to all of our supporters, volunteers, vendors, and corporate sponsors who helped to make our 2019 Founders Award Dinner such a great success! All proceeds support the Historic House Trust, a nonprofit organization working in tandem with NYC Parks to provide essential support for 23 sites of architectural and cultural significance.


Historic House Trust Membership Program

With a membership to the Historic House Trust you have the freedom to journey across all five boroughs in search of new adventures. With unlimited free admission to the historic house museums in our collection, New York City is your oyster! And make sure to check out our new membership benefits, including special members-only tours,invitations to our 30th anniversary lecture series, and more. Join today and rediscover NYC with the Historic House Trust!


Events and Programming at 23 Historic Sites at the Click of a Button

There is always something to do in NYC and we know of 23 sites that have unique events and programming for all ages and interests across the five boroughs. Click the button below to discover what is happening at your historic house in your neighborhood.