In the early years of ALHFAM, leaders in the field, such as Edward L. Hawes, were defining best practices for living history sites by framing questions to be considered when starting and operating a site. These questions and guidelines should be considered even today by those who wish to begin a living history site or program. They can also be helpful in evaluating a current site/program to see if they are meeting desired goals. This article was originally published in Proceedings of the 1978 Conference and Annual Meeting, vol. 4, 1981, pp. 22–27.