The Society’s pursuit of diverse revenue streams is critical to its financial sustainability, and the site stands as a strong example of how an historic site can become an economic asset, rather than liability. Lougheed House is also becoming a place where important, often untold stories are being shared through dynamic exhibitions, programs, and events. The Society has effectively demonstrated initiative and competency in their role as operator, allowing them freedom and flexibility to explore the history of the site through non-traditional stories and media which enhance engagement and use of the site for an evolving community.
Owners of multiple historic sites are most often (but not exclusively) governments from all levels, and they are faced with several key challenges. Their portfolio of sites likely includes a range of variations, including: site size and location, reasons for the partnership founding, and value placed on the site by the owner and community.
Over the winter of 2021, the Trust undertook a research project to better understand the challenges facing these sites and learn how partners are working together to resolve them. The research included a national survey and over 40 interviews with owners, operators, and community partners. The report presents the methodology and results of the research, and this Shared Stewardship Toolkit presents recommendations in a format that will be useful for all partners.