Public sites with a strong connection to a historic visual artist (or a group of artists) may apply to join HAHS. The HAHS Advisory and Exceutive Committees evaluate each application using the criteria listed below, in collaboration with preservation colleagues at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Inquiries into HAHS applicant cycles and procedures should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Each HAHS member should exhibit a strong combination of the following, while not every criteria must be achieved to gain entrance to the program:
- Interpretative focus on the legacy of a nationally or regionally significant artist or artists.
- Recognized by a local or state government as being historically or architecturally significant.
- Owned by a non-profit organization or a federal/state/local/ government agency.
- Able to maintain appropriate standards of quality for the visitor experience.
- Open to the public on a regular basis.
- Able to maintain, conserve, and administer the historic place to protect and preserve the historical integrity of features, materials, appearance, workmanship, and environment in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
- Able to maintain appropriate standards for the conservation of its museum collection.
- If appopriate, relative to the age of the site, either listed on or determined to be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.
- Operate with professional leadership, ideally paid staff working with an advisory board, council, or similar governing entity.
HAHS is a membership fees-based program. Annual dues are determined on a sliding scale and based on a site's annual operating budget. The lowest dues category is $500 per year, and the highest is $1,250.
HAHS members agree to maintain, preserve and administer the historic place, protect and conserve the related collection in its ownership, possession or control in an appropriate manner, and demonstrate a commitment to education and interpretation. Each site interprets the historic place of an artist for a broad and diverse audience, in order to accurately and honestly convey the history of the site in the context of larger themes of American history and culture.