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 Membership Program

A Family United. In the 30 years since our founding, the Historic House Trust (HHT) has evolved and matured, and our devoted members have been alongside us for the entire journey. As the world becomes increasingly divisive, HHT is grateful to be part of a family united by a shared passion for preservation and storytelling.


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.


HHT Events and Programming

“Let’s do something, but what?”, a question asked frequently by even the savviest of New Yorker and the answer is we have the answer every time…the HHT sites! From festivals, hands-on-learning, movies & concerts on the lawn, lectures, and so much more can be found at 23 sites, across 5 boroughs spanning the over 360 years of a diverse history relevant to today’s times. Discover this month’s HHT’s Happenings or click the button for a complete ongoing calendar.


HHT 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.