Building a Place for History
Donna Ann Harris is the principal of Heritage Consulting Inc. a Philadelphia-based Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) boutique consulting firm that aids non-profit organizations and government agencies nationwide in the following practice areas: downtown and commercial district revitalization, historic preservation, tourism product development, and non-profit organizational development. AltaMira Press published her book New Solutions for House Museums: Ensuring the Long-Term Preservation of America’s Historic Houses in 2007. Ms. Harris’ chapter on “Best Practices for Board Service for Historic Sites,” will be included in Reimaging the Historic House Museum: Catalysts for Change, edited by Kenneth Turino and Max Van Balgooy for Rowman and Littlefield, Publishers in 2018. For the past fourteen years Ms. Harris has been speaking about and consulting with historic house museums around the country about alternative uses and stewardship responsibilities. Preparing heritage tourism assessments and audience research studies have been a major focus of her practice for the last five years. Currently Ms. Harris is working with the Camden County History Alliance on a county wide Heritage Tourism Plan which includes the first Camden County History Week open house scheduled for October 15 to 21, 2018.