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    • 23 Mar 2018
    • 25 Mar 2018
    • Dover, DE

    ALHFAM George Chapman Memorial First Person Interpreters Retreat
    March 23-25, 2018; Dover, Delaware

    Johnson Victrola Museum
    Old State House
    Rose Cottage
    Dover Public Library
    St Jones Reserve
    John Dickinson Plantation

    Friday,  March 23: Johnson Victrola Museum, Old State House

    1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
    Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St., Dover, DE

    Free Tour of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs facility (limited to 20 - must sign up in advance)     
    2:00– 3:30 p.m. 
    We will be meeting at the registration site, Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St., at 2:00 p.m. We will travel the short 10-minute drive to the collections facility. We encourage carpooling to the collection facility, and directions will be provided if needed.

    Free Tour of The Delaware Public Archives (must sign up in advance)        
    2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    We will be meeting at the Delaware Public Archives, 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. North, at 2:00 p.m.

    Opening Reception
    5:00 7:00 p.m.
    Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover

    Meet and greet, light refreshments, introductions, Guided Lantern Walking Tour of The Historic Green.

    Saturday, March 24: Old State House, Rose Cottage, Dover Public Library

    8:00 9:00 a.m.  
    Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover

    9:00 – 9:15 a.m.  
    Old State House
    Welcome, Housekeeping and Opening Remarks

    Concurrent Sessions
    9:30 10:45 a.m.

    Novice: Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover
    Getting Started, Tom Kelleher

    Advanced: Rose Cottage, 102 S State St. Dover 
    Business 101, Kandie Carle

    Coffee Break
    10:45 11:00 a.m.

    Concurrent Sessions
    11:15 a.m.  12:45 p.m.
    Novice: Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover
    Pocket Trash, Alena Shellenbean

    Advanced: Rose Cottage, 102 S State St. Dover 
    All In, Colin Adams-Toomey

    Lunch INCLUDED
    1:00  1:45 p.m.         
    Dover Public Library, 35 E. Loockerman St.

    Combined Sessions at the library
    2:00  3:00 p.m.      
    Junior Roleplayer Program, Maddie Biehl

    3:15  4:15 p.m.
    Adverse Reaction Management Plan
    , Gloria Henry & Vertie Lee

    Dinner and Keynote
    6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

    St. Jones Reserve, 818 Kitts Hummock Rd.

    Dinner INCLUDED (feel free to come dressed in your historic apparel)
    6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

    Keynote presentation & discussion
    8:00 9:30 p.m. 
    Isaiah Thomas: Patriot Printer

    Sunday,  March 25, John Dickinson Plantation

    Good Morning & Housekeeping
    9:00 a.m.

    340 Kitts Hummock Rd, Dover

    Concurrent Sessions
    9:15  – 10:45 a.m.

    Novice: Visitors Center
    First on the Fly, Ron Carnegie

    Advanced: Dickinson House
    First on the Fly, Kandie Carle

    Coffee Break
    10:45  – 11:15 a.m.

    Round Table Discussion
    11:15 – 12:45 p.m.
    Visitors Center

    Wrap Up & Safe Travels
    12:45  – 1:00 p.m.

    Visitors Center

    Download presenter biographies here.

    Registration open until March 1, 2018.

    Here are suggested hotels where you may choose to stay. You must contact the hotel directly to book your stay independently of your conference registration.

    Red Roof Inn & Suites Dover Downtown
    652 N. DuPont Highway
    Dover, DE 19901 
    (937) 328-1659 to book room
    Front desk number: (302)730-8009

    Comfort Suites Dover
    1654 N. DuPont Hwy
    Dover, DE 19901 
    (480) 568-6936

    Home2 Suites by Hilton
    222 S. DuPont Hwy
    Dover, DE 19901 
    (302) 674-3300

    You will receive an email about food choices, with the opportunity to communicate about any food allergies you may have, after you have registered for the conference.

    Please contact Kandie Carle at Kandie@KandieCarle.com with questions.

    • 09 Apr 2018
    • 10 Apr 2018
    • Schaumburg, IL

    ALHFAM Dairy Workshop
    April 9 and 10, 2018
    Sponsored by the FARM pig
    Hosted by Volkening Heritage Farm, Schaumburg, IL

    Join the staff of Volkening Heritage Farm for an in depth hands on workshop on dairy cows, dairy products and dairy life. The workshop begins as 10:00am April 9th with milking and progresses until noon on April 10th. Topics discussed and practices include:

    • Hand milking for historic sites
    • Intro to mechanical milking
    • Milk handling and safety
    • Cream separation
    • Butter making
    • Cheese making
    • Cow and calf care
    • Navigating local, state, and federal dairy laws

    If you have a dairy program at your site or you would like to start one, this is the workshop for you. Cost for workshop is $60.00 per person, lunch on Monday provided. Lodging on your own.  To register or for information contact:

    Jonathan Kuester

    Farm Operation Manager

    Volkening Heritage Farm

    847 985 2102


    • 13 Apr 2018
    • 15 Apr 2018
    • Augusta, Maine

    Sharing Partnerships in Preservation and Presentation of New England History
    ALHFAM Regional Conference
    April 13-15, 2018 - Central Maine

    You are invited to a conference just for you. Spend time with other staff and volunteers from historical societies, museums, farms, and the living history community. Learn hands-on historical skills and discuss current events affecting our museums. Tour amazing facilities, get to know your peers. See for yourself why members of this organization are known as the ALHFAMily.

    >> Download the Save the Date flyer here

    Friday April 13

    Cohen Community Center, 22 Town Farm Rd, Hallowell, ME 04347

    Registration: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

    Tours and Workshops: 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. Must sign up in advance as space is limited, details and sign-ups will be sent out after you register.

    • Guided Tours: Freeport Historical Society’s Pettengill Farm, Granite Tour of Hallowell, ME
    • Workshops: Outdoor Fire Building, Flint Knapping, Sewing a Warm Hood

    Friday Dinner: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Pizza Party and Beer Swap. Bring a few bottles of your favorite local brew to share, and try out some of New England’s newest offerings.

    Saturday, April 14

    Norlands Living History Center, 290 Norlands Rd, Livermore, ME 04253

    Registration: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Tea and snacks will be available at both 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

    Break-out Sessions: 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    • Session 1: 9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. Farm Animals and History Museums, 19thCentury Medicines, Museums vs. Reenactors
    • Session 2: 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. Interpretive Planning Process, Museums and Unions.
    • Session 3, Round Tables: 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Round Tables: Suffrage History and Contemporary Issues, Museums and Independent Contractors.

    Lunch: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Washburn-Norlands Living History Center

    Tours, Interactive Performances, and Workshops: 1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

    • All Afternoon Workshop: Making Ice Cream
    • Afternoon Session 1: 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tour the Washburn family mansion, Quilt Piecing Workshop, Performance: The Washburn Family.
    • Afternoon Session 2: 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tour the Washburn Family mansion, Library Open, Performance: Country Schooling, Dance Practice Workshop.

    Old-Fashioned New England Dinner: 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

    19th Century Barn Dance and Silent Auction: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    Sunday, April 15

    Vaughan Woods and Historic Homestead, 2 Litchfield Rd, Hallowell, ME 0434

    Tours: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    Vaughan family in Maine, Vaughan Homestead Becomes a Museum, Vaughan Woods

    Conference Wrap-Up and ALHFAM NE Business Meeting (location TBA): 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

    Lunch: 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (location TBA)

    End of Conference: 1:30 p.m.

    Hotel accommodations at:
    Homewood Suites by Hilton
    377 Western Ave., Augusta, ME 04330
    Tel: 207-480-2050
    Request the discounted rate with this group code: ALH. 
    Booking Link.


    ALHFAM Member, Early Bird: $85 
    Non-member, Early Bird: $115 (includes year-long membership)
    Early Bird pricing ends March 15, 2018.

    ALHFAM Member: $95
    Non-member: $125 (includes year-long membership)

    Saturday Evening Only: $45

    Registration price includes Friday Dinner Pizza Party; Saturday coffee breaks, lunch and dinner (cash bar), and Sunday lunch. 

    Sign-ups for workshops and tours will be emailed out closer to the event.

    For more information, email Alena Shellenbean at ashellenbean@strawberybanke.org.

    • 01 Jun 2018
    • 05 Jun 2018
    • Tahlequah, Oklahoma

    Interpreting Our Multicultural Past
    Tahlequah, OK
    June 1-5, 2018

    “Interpreting Our Multicultural Past” is the theme for the 2018 ALHFAM conference. Museums and historic sites exist to tell a story. Each story, whether the history of agriculture, traditional crafts, or foodways, is one of culture. Our sites tell a story of how culture shaped people’s lives. Cultures are enhanced, influenced, and changed by people moving in and out of regions. An understanding of our multicultural history enables us to solve problems in today’s world. In the heart of the Cherokee Nation, you will experience an area formed by centuries of cultural diversity. We all have a cultural story—come share yours in Tahlequah.

    In keeping with the theme, the 2018 conference is being co-hosted by the Cherokee Nation and the Oklahoma Historical Society.

    Fellowship information is now available. Deadline to apply is March 15, 2018.

    Download the program booklet
    Registration is now open!

    Find a Roommate: http://alhfam.org/all-member-forum/5874406

    Find a Ride-Share: http://alhfam.org/all-member-forum/5874407

    Watch a video highlighting the sites we will visit during the conference.

    • 26 Oct 2018
    • 27 Oct 2018
    • Trenton, NJ

    The 2018 ALHFAM Mid-Atlantic Skills Workshop and Regional Meeting will be held in Trenton, NJ at the Old Barracks, Howell Living History Farm, and other nearby sites on October 26 & 27, 2018. This is a new format and we’re excited - more details coming soon!

    • 01 Nov 2018
    • 04 Nov 2018
    • Tacoma, Washington

    The2018 Western Regional ALHFAM Conference will be held at Fort Nisqually in Tacoma, WA November 1-4, 2018. Stay tuned for more information.

Past events

11 Mar 2018 ABCs of Farm-Based Education
08 Mar 2018 MOMCC Spring Conference 2018
02 Mar 2018 Southeast Regional Conference 2018: CANCELLED
10 Nov 2017 MOMCC Fall Conference 2017
13 Oct 2017 Atlantic Canada Regional Meeting: Learning Centre: Space for Education and Community
26 Sep 2017 Western Regional Conference
21 Sep 2017 2017 Mountain-Plains Regional Conference
09 Jun 2017 2017 Annual Conference -- Breaking Through Barriers: Living History in Modern Times
03 Apr 2017 ALHFAM Dairy Workshop
31 Mar 2017 2017 SEALHFAM Conference-Registration Deadline Extended to March 20!
09 Mar 2017 MOMCC Regional Conference: Coping With Success
03 Nov 2016 MOMCC/Midwest & Mountain-Plains ALHFAM Conference Program and Registration materials now available
21 Sep 2016 2016 Western Region Conference
09 Sep 2016 2016 Canada - Atlantic Region
27 Aug 2016 2016 Western Canada Regional Conference - Registration Open!
12 Jun 2016 2016 Annual Meeting & Conference
01 Apr 2016 2016 FPIPN Retreat
01 Apr 2016 Mid-Atlantic 2016 Regional Meeting
24 Mar 2016 Central Canada Regional Conference - CANCELED
11 Mar 2016 2016 Southeast Regional Meeting
10 Mar 2016 2016 MOMCC Spring Conference
05 Nov 2015 2015 MOMCC/Midwest Region Fall Conference
23 Sep 2015 2015 Western Region Conference
19 Jun 2015 2015 Annual Meeting & Conference
24 Apr 2015 ALHFAM Farmers School - Blade Sheep Shearing
20 Mar 2015 2015 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference
12 Mar 2015 MOMCC/Midwest Spring Conference
20 Feb 2015 2015 Southeast Regional Conference

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