Many history museums and similar historical programs begin with excellent intentions of commemorating a community milestone, saving a historic house, or creating a home for someone's collection. But they do not fully consider audience, scope, or resources and operate with very modest or inadequate financial and other resources. Their role needs also to be seen in the context of changing demographics, declining visitorship, and advances in information technology. There are solutions under discussion or being tried, including changing state chartering requirements, state assistance, cooperation among programs, consolidating small/marginal programs, mergers with academic institutions, and taking imaginative advantage of social media and other information technology.
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- budgets and resources
- history museums
- New York state and local history
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