About the Speaker:
Ken Turino is a curator, educator, director, producer, and author. As Manager of Community Partnerships and Resource Development at Historic New England, he oversees community engagement projects throughout the region and is responsible for exhibitions at the Sarah Orne Jewett Museum and Visitor Center and the Langdon House. His films have been shown on PBS including the prize winning film, “Back to School: Lessons from Norwich’s (VT) One-Room Schoolhouses.” Ken has published numerous public history articles including many with a focus on interpreting historic sites and on LGBTQ history. Ken’s most recent publication in 2019, with Max van Balgooy, is Reinventing the Historic House Museum, New Approaches and Proven Solutions, editors, for Rowman & Littlefield. He has served on the Council for the American Association for State and Local History and teaches a day long workshop on historic houses for them. He frequently consults on interpretive planning and community engagement projects at historic sites. These include Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage in Nashville, Tennessee, James Madison’s Montpelier in Orange, Virginia, and Trent House in Trenton, New Jersey. Ken is on the faculty of Tufts University in the Museum Studies Department where he teaches courses on Exhibition Planning and Reimagining Historic House Museums. Ken holds a BA from Salem State College where he majored in history and an MAT from George Washington University. He was awarded an Outstanding Educator of the Year Award from Salem State College in 2008. Ken is currently working on a book with Max van Balgooy on Interpreting Christmas at Historic Sites and Museums.