Cyclists in front of the Greenbelt Museum for the annual Roosevelt Ride, 2017.

Old Line State Summit: The Evolving House Museum

By Preservation Maryland

Maryland’s preservation community will convene at the Old Line State Summit on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 in Annapolis, Maryland. The one-day conference will focus on innovative and adaptable sessions, including an expert panel on the many forms and functions of historic house museums.

Event Recap: Thank you to all of our speakers, sponsors, and attendees for your participation in the Old Line State Summit on July 12, 2017 in Annapolis at the U.S. Naval Academy. Many of the sessions have been recorded and presentations made available as a free resource to the preservation community on the Preservation Maryland website.

Conference Materials


The Evolving House Museum: Adaptation, Innovation, and Experimentation: Historic house museums need to become adaptable to 21st century issues. This session will demonstrate how Historic Annapolis, the Greenbelt Museum and Kent County Historical Society have effectively dealt with change—whether it is a result from water damage to an historic property, increasing budget concerns or changes associated with re-interpretation. In a discussion style, we will detail the challenges our sites have encountered, offer lessons learned and conclude with questions from the audience.



Lisa Holly Robbins is a native to the Chesapeake Bay region, growing up in the Northern Neck of Virginia. She earned degrees in Anthropology from Washington College, and a Masters of Public Anthropology from American University. She has spent her career teaching archaeology, and developing the public and education programs for Historic London Town and Gardens. Robbins joined the staff of Historic Annapolis in 2014 as the Vice President of Education and Interpretation. She is responsible for collaboratively developing content for all programs, tours and a cohesive interpretive plan for Historic Annapolis. She is also the Project Director for the organization’s new permanent exhibit, A History of Annapolis in 99 Objects and looks forward to working with the local community to create an engaging and innovative exhibit that will tell a comprehensive history of the people who lived and worked in Annapolis.


Megan Searing Young is a museum professional with over 15 years of experience. Since 2008, she has been the Director of the Greenbelt Museum, a small, community-based organization focused on the history of the New Deal town established in 1937. In addition to overseeing the day to day operations of the Museum, she has curated numerous exhibitions, lectured on many aspects of Greenbelt history, and in 2012 co-authored Images of America: Greenbelt. She earned a B.A. in Art History and Women’s Studies from Johns Hopkins University and an M.A. in the History of Decorative Arts from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Institution, and Parsons School of Design program where she focused on early twentieth century design, material culture, and social history. A Maryland native, she currently lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and two daughters.

Amanda Tuttle-Smith
Curator and Deputy Director
Historical Society of Kent County

Amanda Tuttle-Smith has been the Curator/Deputy Director of the Historical Society of Kent County for two years. In addition to her work at the Historical Society she teaches history full time at a local private school. She received her degree in history secondary education in 2012 and her master’s degree in women’s history and the labor movement of the 19th century in 2014, both from Salisbury University. She is currently enrolled in a museum management certificate program through the American Association for State and Local History. Amanda resides in Galena, Maryland.

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