Staging Downtown as a Museum Without Walls

Learning Approach: Best Practices

| Sheraton New Orleans, Napoleon D | Posted: Monday, 9:45-11:00 a.m.

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Museum Without Walls

Every downtown serves as a window into the past, and many are home to century-old commercial buildings. Learn how two Missouri downtowns are giving new meaning to the familiar phrase “if walls could talk” by bringing past relics to life and using what their forefathers left for them to make their downtowns intriguing locales. You’ll be inspired by what they’ve done to stage their downtown as museums without walls.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Find out how to objectively view downtown as a place with a past that can be brought back to life.
  2. Learn how to correctly word and place historic plaques/markers.
  3. Creatively engage pedestrians in history.
  4. Discover how to stage downtown as a museum without walls!


For more information contact:

Crystal Narr, Main Street Chillicothe
Crystal Narr, Executive Director of Main Street Chillicothe, has served on numerous boards and committees locally and regionally. She has presented at regional, state and national functions on the successes of her local downtown revitalization program in her rural hometown of Chillicothe, MO.

Keith Winge, Downtown Excelsior Partnership
Keith Winge, Executive Director of the Downtown Excelsior Partnership and Director of Marketing for the historic Elms Hotel & Spa, has worked in the hospitality industry for the past 20 years. Previously he served as both Vice President and President of the downtown organization before assuming the role of director.