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Fort Hill taking steps to boost tourism

Staff Report //May 4, 2018//

Fort Hill taking steps to boost tourism

Staff Report //May 4, 2018//

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Fort Hill, the home of the seventh U.S. Vice President John C. Calhoun and Thomas Green Clemson at Clemson University, is one of 50 national sites selected to participate in the Museum Assessment Program, which provides professional consultation to help improve its operations and better serve visitors, according to a news release from the university.

The program is administered by the American Alliance of Museums. Through guided self-study and on-site consultation with a museum professional, participation will help Fort Hill meet higher standards, the news release said.

Fort Hill’s selection to the Museum Assessment Program comes just ahead of International Museum Day on May 18. The theme for the day set by the International Council of Museums this year is “Hyperconnected museums: New approaches and publics.”

The Fort Hill museum’s participation in the program is made possible through funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Clemson’s Historic Properties department underwent a MAP organizational assessment in 1989, and university officials decided to apply again to better serve a 21st century community that receives information through a variety of platforms.

“Much progress was made after the completion of 1989 MAP, including the creation of the Historic Properties Advisory Committee, and it is time to reassess in order to reaffirm our commitment to our mission and the dictates of Thomas G. Clemson’s will that established Clemson University and Fort Hill as an historic house museum,” said Will Hiott, executive director and chief curator for historic properties at the university.

“We are stewards of the artifacts donated originally by the Clemsons and later through continued generosity of donors, and we are the advocates for a complete interpretation of all who made up the tapestry of the Fort Hill story and American history,” Hiott said.