Max van Balgooy

Max van Balgooy

Areas of Expertise

Historic House and Site Interpretation

Max A. van Balgooy is a national leader in historical interpretation and community engagement, with extensive experience in developing solutions in collaboration with diverse audiences, including volunteers, staff, trustees, residents, scholars, design professionals, business leaders, and elected officials. He has more than 35 years of experience working in museums, historic preservation, heritage tourism, and historic sites, including senior positions at National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum. A recognized researcher, author, speaker, and blogger on the trends, challenges, and opportunities facing museums, historic sites, and cultural organizations, he is a frequently requested facilitator, trainer, and consultant on business strategy, historical interpretation, public programming, marketing, and online media. 

He currently serves on the Council of the American Association for State and Local History; is a commissioner on Montgomery County's Historic Preservation Commission; and is a member of the American Association of Museums, American Historical Association, Visitor Studies Association, and the National Council on Public History, among other professional associations. He received his M.A. in history from the University of Delaware as a Hagley Fellow, his B. A. in history from Pomona College, and participated in the Historic Deerfield Summer Program in Early American History and Material Culture and the Attingham Summer School for the Study of Historic Houses and Collections.

You can learn more about him at or follow him on Twitter @maxvanbalgooy.

Professor van Balgooy teaches Interpretation of Historic Houses and Sites.