My current research focuses on historic house museums and sites, especially interpretive programming. My belief is that interpretation must be relevant and accessible to audiences. Specific research topics include audience trends, sustainability, alternative interpretation methods, modernizing collections management principles, as well as in-depth historical research related to specific sites. In addition, I remain current with trends in museums collections management theories and practice. My past research has included 19th century religious movements, 18th century Newport craftspeople, and local history.

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Ron M. Potvin is Assistant Director and Curator of Brown Center for Public Humanities. His responsibilities include preservation and interpretation of the National Historic Landmark Nightingale-Brown House (1792) and its collections. In addition, he teaches courses on historic house museums and museum collections and collecting. Prior to Brown University, Potvin was Director of Historic Sites and Curator of Manuscripts at the Newport Historical Society. In more than twenty years in the museum field, Potvin has worked with fine and decorative arts, manuscripts, exhibitions, and historic sites. He serves on the boards of directors of the New England Museum Association, AAM's Curator's Committee (for which he is Program Chair), the AASLH National Leadership Team, and he is a founder and steering committee member of the Coalition of Rhode Island Historic Sites.

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