• PLANTING SEEDS OF CHANGE: GARDEN SPACES AND THE SURVIVAL OF HISTORIC HOUSE MUSEUMS IN CRISIS

      Bruggeman, Seth C., 1975-; Lowe, Hilary Iris (Temple University. Libraries, 2017)
      This study explores the use of gardens and agricultural spaces at historic house museums, and the potential these spaces have for supporting positive change. At the turn of the twenty-first century, house museums grappled with a crisis of limited funding and ever shrinking visitor capacity, which continues to affect the success of these spaces today. I argue that garden spaces can provide interpretive revitalization, community relevancy, and increased income for historic house museums that can positively support a house museum. By surveying house museums throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania, I show that garden spaces provide a tool for house museums to gain stability amidst crisis.