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The Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM) is an international organization serving the interests and needs of its individual and institutional members and supporting experiential interpretations of history.

ALHFAM is incorporated in the State of Maryland as a non-profit tax-exempt (501[c][3])
organization, and is governed by a member-elected Board in accordance with member-approved bylaws.

ALHFAM draws its membership from a broad spectrum of individuals and organizations involved in the collection, preservation or interpretation of material culture, traditional skills and historical processes. Members include volunteers, reenactors, institutional staff and vendors of goods or services. ALHFAM’s original focus on farming and agriculture has expanded to embrace disciplines from architecture to zymurgy and many in between. ALHFAM maintains, and seeks to expand relationships with other museum, historical and interpretive organizations with related interests.

Services provided to members include publications, conferences, specialized instructional programs, electronic media, including a website and listserv, and support for regional affiliates. ALHFAM services assist members in fulfilling their professional responsibilities and improving the quality of their public offerings.

The Mission of ALHFAM

The Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM) shares practical knowledge and skills among those who make history relevant to contemporary lives. We draw strength from our diverse network of members, sharing experience, research and passion for participatory learning.

 

 





For the third year in a row, ALHFAM member Lauren Muney of "Silhouettes By Hand” has been selected by Early American Life magazine for their Directory of Traditional Artists. Artists selected for the Directory have been adjudicated by museum and historical specialists across the United States, as designated as masters in their class. One of Lauren’s freehand-scissored silhouette portraits will be featured in the summer edition of the magazine, due on newsstands in June, 2015.


ALHFAM institutional member Mystic Seaport was featured in a story in the New York Times on MAY 12, 2015, titled New Exhibition Hall for Seaport in Mystic, Conn., Has Nautical Inspiration.  ALHFAM is referenced in the article in a quote from ALHFAM Vice-President, Tom Kelleher, of institutional member Old Sturbrdge Village.


ALHFAM member David Floyd was quoted in an The Advocate story on the interpretation of slavery at Louisiana historic plantation sites, Louisiana plantation tours skittish on slavery history.


Kimberly Costa, one of Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Foodways staff, wrote a great entry on the CW Historic Foodways blog, "History is Served," about this past June's ALHFAM meeting in Calgary.

ALHFAMer and food historian Sandra Oliver was quoted in an NPR story on the proposed Museum of Food and Drink, in New York City. The story is featured in the online collection of NPR food-related reports -- The Salt.


Living history presenter and ALHFAM member Stacy Roth talks about portraying Molly Pitcher on the official New Jersey 350th anniversary blog.


The May 15, 2014  New York Times had a special section on retirement, and one of the articles is about retirees finding second careers at historic sites. Among the sites mentioned are ALHFAM Institutional Members, Colonial Williamsburg, Plimoth Plantation and Old Sturbridge Village, and ALHFAM member Deb Friedman, senior vice president for public programs at OSV, is quoted!!


What's New

ALHFAM & ALHFAMers in the News
(Added On: May 29th, 2015)

National Fur Trade Symposium
(Added On: May 27th, 2015)

The Society for Applied Anthropology - Calll for papers
(Added On: May 27th, 2015)

Full-Time Positions
(Added On: May 27th, 2015)

ALHFAM eUpdate for This Month
Call for Proposals - "Challenging the Exclusive Past" - NCPH/SHFG 2016
(Added On: May 13th, 2015)

AASLH Reinventing the Historic House Museum Symposium
(Added On: May 13th, 2015)

Central Canada 2015 - Postponed
(Added On: May 13th, 2015)

2015 Conference Program & Registration
(Added On: May 12th, 2015)

Latest Bulletin Issue On-line - Spring 2015
Part-Time & Seasonal Positions
(Added On: April 27th, 2015)

2015 ALHFAM Membership Directory
Internships & Apprentice Opportunities
(Added On: March 30th, 2015)

MOMCC Magazine On-Line
Download the Updated Replica Resource List
2015 Western Region call for Papers
(Added On: February 25th, 2015)

Price Reduced on History of Open Air Museums Book
(Added On: December 11th, 2014)

Order the 2013 Proceedings
(Added On: June 6th, 2014)

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