Programs, Interpretation & Education Committee (PIE)
The PIE PIG met at the 2016 annual conference. It was chaired by co-chair Lauren Muney with helpful suggestions by previous chair Marie-Sophie Desaulniers. The group discussed the current PIG membership format, answered questions, and entertained suggestions.
The PIE PIG lives mostly on the Facebook page (link above.)
Anyone can join whose Facebook profile shows them working at a living history museum, working or volunteering in living history, so this is called a “Closed Group” which requires asking to join, and an administrator has to review the requestor’s profile to ensure that he or she meets the professional criteria. There are over 370 members on this group.
The reason to allow non-ALHFAM members is to drive attention towards ALHFAM to get more membership, and to increase the ALHFAMily community. The PIE PIG wants to be inclusive to the living history/ag museum community but to welcome anyone interested and curious but not yet members. There are frequent mentions of conferences and membership to support this community-building. The reason why Facebook is being used is because of the way that social media can be passed around, shared, and connecting. Many people may have never heard of ALHFAM before seeing it on Facebook. We like showing all the great things to the world that our ALHFAMily does.
There is also the ALHFAM-members only forum, residing on the ALHFAM website: http://www.alhfam.org/PIE-Forum
The 2016 PIE PIG meeting also clarified the members’ desire to only share PIE documents and/or materials on the new ALHFAM website. PIE PIG members can share any materials or ideas with other PIE PIG members, for the effort of evaluation or offering. However any materials should be made into PDF format, for future uploading to the ALHFAM member’s only area on the website: http://www.alhfam.org/PIE-Forum
The PIE PIG tossed around an idea about creating a PIE webinar. There were no specifics or details arranged but the concepts are under consideration for the future.