Conversations on the Commons: Reopening in an Unprecedented Era

On Friday, June 5, from 1:00-2:30 PM, join Ken Turino (manager of Community Partnerships and Resource Development at Historic New England), Pleun Bouricius (curator of the Plainfield Historical Society and President of the Mass. History Alliance), and moderator Margo Shea (Assistant Professor of History at Salem State University) for a discussion on the reopening process. They’ll share what reopening looks like at their own institutions, and they’d love to hear your own plans and questions as well. After all, how do you prepare for reopening when so much of what you need to know and do is still so new?

The event will be live streamed on YouTube while they monitor your questions and comments.

Click here to register (it’s free!) Participation is limited to 40 people. After registering, you’ll be sent a link to the meeting.

Questions to consider:

Are you preparing for reopening? What are you planning to do, and what resources are you using to help make your decisions? What obstacles do you face?

How do you plan to support visitor engagement while promoting physical distancing? Do you have any ideas for making lemons out of lemonade?

How are volunteers responding? How are you supporting and training staff and volunteers for new challenges related to reopening?

What are you hoping for upon opening?

Which changes might be long-term?

Please send any questions to Caroline Littlewood at

Written by Judith