The white Fort Hill house with sun reflecting off the front side.

The Fort Hill house at dusk.

CLEMSON — Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and Thomas Green Clemson at Clemson University, is one of 50 U.S. sites selected to participate in the Museum Assessment Program (MAP), which provides professional consultation to help improve its operations and better serve visitors.

MAP is administered by the American Alliance of Museums. Through guided self-study and on-site consultation with a museum professional, participation in MAP will empower Fort Hill to meet and exceed the highest professional standards of the museum field.

Fort Hill’s selection to MAP 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 museum’s participation in MAP is made possible through funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. MAP helps museums strengthen operations, plan for the future and meet standards through self-study and a consultative site visit from an expert peer reviewer.

Clemson’s Historic Properties department underwent a MAP organizational assessment in 1989, but the decision was made to apply again to better serve a 21st century community that receives information through a variety of platforms.

The sun shines through a large tree with people gathered underneath, and the Fort Hill house in the background.

The Fort Hill Legacy Society celebrates Legacy Day at Fort Hill.

“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.

“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.

“Choosing to be part of the MAP program is indicative of the commitment to civic involvement, public service and overall excellence on the part of Fort Hill,” said Laura Lott, president of the American Alliance of Museums. “Studies have shown America’s museums to be among the country’s most trusted and valued institutions. MAP is designed to make them even better.”

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Museum Assessment Program (MAP)
Since its creation in 1981, the MAP program has served more than 4,600 museums. MAP is supported through a cooperative agreement between the American Alliance of Museums and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For more information, including a complete list of museums participating in MAP, please visit www.aam-us.org/map, call 202-289-9118 or email map@aam-us.org.

American Alliance of Museums
AAM is the only organization representing the nation’s entire museum community and has been dedicated to promoting excellence within the museum field for over 100 years. For more information about AAM, visit www.aam-us.org. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. To learn more about the Institute, please visit: http://www.imls.gov.

Fort Hill
Fort Hill is one of the historic house museums run by Clemson University’s Department of Historic Properties. Fort Hill, located on the main campus of Clemson University at 520 Fort Hill St., is open seven days a week, with the exception of university holidays. Hours of operation are 10 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday. For more information or scheduling special tours, please email hisprop@clemson.edu or call 864-656-2475. To learn more about Fort Hill and Historic Properties other historic house museums, please follow us on social media and our department’s website: http://www.clemson.edu/about/history/properties/.