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Americana Museums Reinvent Themselves, Attract New Visitors

01/27/11 12:00PM By Jane Lindholm
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Shelburne Museum director Stephan Jost with some of the modern furniture pieces featured at a 2006 exhibit at the museum. The exhibition featured masterworks from Knoll, Inc., one of the pre-eminent furniture design and manufacturing companies of the 20th
Americana museums exist in many forms and many sizes across the country, from local historical societies to the Shelburne Museum to the Smithsonian in Washington. But attendance and support of history and cultural museums peaked in the 1970s. We talk to Carl Nold, president and CEO of Historic New England and immediate past chairman of the American Association of Museums, and Stephan Jost, outgoing director of the Shelburne Museum, about why many Americana museums are having trouble attracting visitors, and what they're doing to stay relevant.

Also on the program, we talk to Valley News political editor John Gregg about the New Hampshire Republican Party's resurgence, and its newly elected chairman, Jack Kimball, a state Tea Party founder. We also look at the party's efforts to redefine New Hampshire's education curriculum and bar out-of-state college students from voting in the Granite State.

And we jump into our mailbag and read from your letters!

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shelburne_museum, americana_museums, american_history, vermont_history, new_hampshire, john_gregg, valley_news arts politics

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