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Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum
Vision Plan and Feasibility Study 
In the spring of 2017 Historic Building Architects of Trenton conducted a series of Vision Planning workshops to assist SSAAM trustees in the planning and creation of their museum. The end result would be a Vision Plan and Feasibility Study document that would help facilitate a better understanding of the Mt. Zion Church (future museum site) and its importance and value to the community. The study was completed with information gathered during four workshops that included participants from the community and SSAAM trustees.
​Annabelle Radcliffe-Trenner of Historic Building Architects,  LLC guides workshop attendees through the process of establishing the importance of the historic Mt. Zion Church and the value this museum will be to the residents of the surrounding community.
The four workshops included; Values, Education & Interpretation, Marketing and Vision Planning. These helped establish an overall Concept Master Plan. The purpose of this Vision Plan and Feasibility Study is to provide a comprehensive road map to engage the public and promote an important heritage tourism resource related to the African American community. It also focused on opportunities for outdoor activities enhanced by its rural setting on the southeast border of the Sourland Region. 
"A Vision Plan should be considered a constantly changing document, as the building and site conditions change and additional information and research are added. The intent of this study is to help facilitate and provide the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum (SSAAM) with the tools to move forward converting this historic Mt. Zion Church site into a public friendly and accessible facility for everyone to enjoy."
Four brainstorming workshops were facilitated by HBA to help SSAAM and the public to appreciate the values of this historic site. The sessions addressed the future use and interpretation of the site through a better understanding of the value of the landscape and historic structure. Emphasis was placed on public participation. Participants included students, teachers, historians, local citizens, neighbors, SSAAM trustees and members of the Sourland Conservancy staff and board. 
Funded by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission
Vision Plan and Feasibility Study