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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.



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!!

ALHFAMer and curator with the Jamestown–Yorktown Foundation in Williamsburg, VA., Martha Katz-Hyman was featured in a story about her presentation on slave live at Stratford Hall on Saturday, February 22, 2014. The story in the Fredericksburg, VA  paper, The Free Lance-Star, can be seen in this online edition - Fredericksburg.com 

ALHFAM member Carol Lopez, site manager for Casa San Ysidro in Albuquerque NM., was featured in a KASA Channel 2 News show on Jan.22, 2104. See the interview online.

ALHFAM institutional member Hanford Mill Museum's Ice Harvest Festival, scheduled for Feb. 1, 2014, was noted in the Happenings section of the Jan. 12-18, 2014 print version of American Profiles Magazine.

ALHFAMer Trena Winans-Bagnall, was featured in an article about her lead role in the play "Wait Until Dark", in MLive.com on  January 12, 2014. Trena's husband, and recent ALHFAM board member, Kyle gets a shout-out as well.

Listen to the National Public Radio story on National Indian Pudding Day, Thursday Novemebr 14, 2013 , to hear Plimoth Plantation Food Historian and ALHFAM member Kathleen Wall, talk-up historic New England cooking. And with Thanksgiving coming, you might just hear Kathleen hit the airwaves again real soon.

The December, 2013 issue of Early American Life features an article titled, The Case for Sausage by ALHFAMer Mercy Ingraham. The article  focuses on the sausage making workshop she presented at the ALHFAM Mid-Atlantic regional conference in March of 2012, at the Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, NY, and is accompanied by beautiful photographs. A group picture of a host of other ALHFAMers that partook in the workshop appears in the article.

ALHFAMer Ed Nizalowski got some Southern-Tier New York TV coverage about his heirloom pole bean project.  Ed along with an organic gardener from his area made a fine pitch for greater agricultural biodiversity. See the Fox News story via video or read the print version.

The October issue of Early American Life has a mention of ALHFAM on page 1, in the editor's column.  Jeanmarie Andrews participated in the pottery session at Hale Farm during the workshop day and ALHFAM is given high marks along with instructors (and ALHFAMers) Mary Farrell and Mike Fox .

A July 18, 2013 article about the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation in the Williamsburg Yorktown Daily notes that Martha Katz-Hyman,  received the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums John T. Schlebecker Award. See the on-line version of the article.

ALHFAM Institutional Members, Plimoth Plantation, Genesee Country Village, Monticello, Strawbery Banke Museum, The Henry Ford, and the Farmers' Museum, were all included in a June 28th, 2013, ABC News travel story Living History: Top 10 Places Where History Comes to Life.

ALHFAM Institutional Member Naper Settlement has been named as one of the 25 largest tourist attractions in the Chicago area, according to a recent listing published by Crain’s Chicago Business. The attractions were ranked according to total attendance in 2012. With 118,000 visitors last year, Naper Settlement was ranked No. 25.

ALHFAM President Pete Watson appears in a picture (on p. 98) in the May/June issue of the AAM publication Museum. with Linda Moore (Morris Museum) and Leonard Lance, in their article on Museum Advocacy Day 2013.   

ALHFAM member Lauren Muney has been selected for inclusion in Early American Life's Directory of Traditional American Crafts 2013. The Directory will be published in the August issue of EAL.

What's New

Full-Time Positions
(Added On: August 21st, 2014)

A Head for Fashion: Hair, Wigs, Cosmetics, and Jewelry, 1600-1900
(Added On: August 19th, 2014)

400 Years of Chocolate: Aztec to Artisan .
(Added On: August 19th, 2014)

ALHFAM eUpdate for This Month
Western Region 2014 - Register Now
(Added On: August 12th, 2014)

Central Canada 2014 - Registration Now Open
(Added On: August 12th, 2014)

2014 MOMCC/Midwest Region Fall Conference Registration
(Added On: August 11th, 2014)

2014 Mountain Plains Regional Conference - Register Now!
(Added On: August 6th, 2014)

18th-Century Backcountry Lifeways Workshop
(Added On: August 5th, 2014)

SEALHFAM 2015 - Call for Papers
(Added On: August 4th, 2014)

Part-Time & Seasonal Positions
(Added On: July 31st, 2014)

ALHFAM Annual Meeting & Conference 2015 - Call for Papers
(Added On: July 23rd, 2014)

ABC's of Farm-Based Education
(Added On: July 22nd, 2014)

Latest Bulletin Issue On-line - Spring 2014
Order the 2013 Proceedings
(Added On: June 6th, 2014)

2014 ALHFAM Membership Directory
Book on the International History of Open Air Museums Available Exclusively Through ALHFAM
(Added On: October 4th, 2010)

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