Virtual Panel: Reopening Historic Sites During COVID

Monday, August 10, 2020 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
United States

Global Philadelphia Association will be hosting a virtual panel discussion on the reopening of historic sites during COVID. As the Philadelphia region begins the reopening process, historic sites have unique challenges in keeping both the public and historic objects and buildings safe. This panel will present information on preparing historic sites for reopening in the age of COVID-19 that addresses both public health and historic preservation concerns. 


  • Dr. Cheryl Bettigole, Director, Division of Chronic
    Disease and Injury Prevention, Department of Public Health
  • Nancy Van Dolsen, Chief Executive Officer,
    Cliveden of the National Trust
  • Beth Beatty, Executive Director, Fort Mifflin
  • Gwen Ragsdale, Executive Director, Lest We Forget Museum of Slavery
  • John Carr, AIC-PA, Principal Conservator, Materials Conservation  

This panel is free with advance registration. You will receive the link to join the panel once you register.

Hear from panelists with expertise in public health and historic preservation and learn about best practices and experiences from historic sites that have already reopened. 

Topics include:

  • Visitor and staff public health - guidelines, best practices, managing social distancing
  • Historic preservation - cleaning and materials conservation, installing safety measures
  • Communicating - signage, training staff, managing visitor behavior, responsible marketing,
    relating current events of pandemic and BLM to site’s interpretations
  • Financial concerns - managing cleaning and safety costs
  • Experiences and advice from sites that reopened

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