INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE FOR HISTORIC HOUSE MUSEUMS
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OUR HISTORY
DEMHIST came into being in Palazzo Spinola in Genoa, in 1997. During the conference "Living History. Historic House Museums" for the first time the need was expressed of a specific ICOM committee devoted to this particular category of museums. The participants signed a petition which the ICOM-Italy president, Giovanni Pinna, submitted to the 1998 ICOM General Conference in Melobourne where it was accepted and ratified.
A few days later the new committee held its first meeting and chose the name "Historic House Museums/Demeures historiques-musées/Residencias Histèricas-Museo" as well as the acronym DEMHIST (from the French version). The Committee first gathered in July 1999 in St Petersburg where the first board was elected and the committee regulations were approved.