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Sold Out: Directors Talk at Dumbarton House

May 29 @ 2:00 pm-3:00 pm

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Join panelists Karen Daly, executive director of Dumbarton House, Mark Hudson, executive director of Tudor Place, and Erin Carlson Mast, CEO and executive director of Lincoln’s Cottage, for a webinar about the future of Historic House Museums in the aftermath of COVID-19. Topics of conversation will include advocacy, funding, museum visitation, programming, staffing, relevance and value for Historic House Museums.

The panelists will speak for approximately 45 minutes before opening up the discussion for questions from participants.

Registration for this webinar is free. See panelist bios below.



Karen Daly, a museum professional dedicated to preserving our nation’s history for future generations, has led Dumbarton House, the headquarters of NSCDA, as the Executive Director since 2008.  Before becoming the Executive Director, Karen served as education director at Dumbarton House and taught fourth grade in the District of Columbia Public Schools. She credits her parents’ insistence on history-themed vacations as a child (think: Valley Forge) and her incredible undergraduate experience at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, for her passion for preservation. Karen’s daily work covers various aspects, including strategic planning, institutional advancement, staff management and financial oversight. Karen has been awarded the William A. Cochran Award by the Citizens Association of Georgetown and, during her tenure Dumbarton House was awarded the Communitarian Award by the Georgetown Business Association. Currently, Karen also serves as a board member of the Virginia Association of Museums and the Georgetown Business Association.


Mark Hudson is the executive director of Tudor Place. Mark came to Tudor Place from the Vermont Historical Society, which he directed from 2009 to 2015. During Mark’s tenure, the Vermont Historical Society received the 2012 American Association for State and Local History’s Leadership in History Awards for the History Explorer website and the publication, A Very Fine Appearance: The Vermont Civil War Photographs of George Houghton.  Mark directed the Historical Society of Frederick County, Maryland, from 1998-2009. During his term there, the society secured accreditation from the American Association of Museums (in 2003) and received the 2005 Small Museum Association’s Hunter-Burley Award for advancing public access and professional growth in an individual institution. Early in his career, Mark was curator of the Boone County Historical Society in Missouri, his home state. Mark’s other professional and civic commitments include, since 2010, chairing the Vermont Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission by gubernatorial appointment. He served six times as a Museums for America field reviewer for the Institute for Museum and Library Services. His Board service includes the Save Historic Antietam Foundation (2006-2009) and Maryland Association of History Museums (1999-2005).
Erin Carlson Mast is CEO and Executive Director of President Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, DC. She was a member of the original team leading to the Cottage’s grand opening in 2008. Since 2010, Mast has led the organization through growth, groundbreaking programming, and significant recognition, including a Presidential Medal. During Mast’s tenure, the Cottage has been named one of Washington, D.C.’s 50 Best Places to work and the Best Museum off the Mall for three consecutive years. In 2016, she led the organization through its transition to an independent 501(c)(3). Mast has written for such publications as History News and The Public Historian and was a contributing author to Museums of Ideas: Commitment and Conflict and Mission Matters (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019). She also wrote two short biographies of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Lincoln (Applewood Books, 2017). She was recognized with the EXCEL Chief Executive Leadership Award in 2017, and serves on the Board of the American Association for State and Local History. She holds an MA in Museum Studies from The George Washington University and a BA in History from the Ohio University Honors Tutorial College.


May 29
2:00 pm-3:00 pm