Preference will be given to proposals that align with the theme, Looking Forward…The Next 50 Years, and that involve one of the two following approaches:

  • Benchmark case studies of current successes with applicable methodologies of living history sites—or lessons learned about less successful attempts—that offer other institutions a road map for the future
  • Examples of how strategies from outside the living history field have been integrated into living history site practice with great success and measurable impact

Proposals due by November 15, 2020

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Session/workshop topics of interest include:

Overall Sustainability  Embracing equity, diversity, and inclusion
Ensuring accessibility  Management/leadership
 Audience and community engagement  Use of digital technology, videoconferencing, and social media
 Strategic and financial planning  Visitor and staff health and safety issues
 Redeployed use of resources  Sustaining the living history farm ecosystem (heritage breeds and seeds)
 Agriculture and/or environmental interpretation for today's audiences  Popular interest in "living history" skills as a result of COVID-19 quarantine
 Interpretive planning/master planning  Program planning
 Interactivity  Use of technology
 Use of visitor studies  Attracting new generations of staff or visitors
 Use and application of the AASLH StEPs program  Use and application of AAM's MAP programs
 Interpreting controversy and/or sensitive issues  Reassessing/reinterpreting slavery and/or race
 Reassessing/reinterpreting forgotten groups like women, Native Americans, immigrants, workers  Re-purposing historic structures
 Hospitality/service  Staff training
 Volunteer programs  Special events
 Food/catering  Marketing/branding
 STEM, STEAM, STEMIE and/or other successful educational programs  Cross-disciplinary thinking: How can science inform us? How can humanities inform science?
 Changing role of curators, educators, and other staff  Collections management and care

Note: Topics should always involve—and specifically call out in the proposal—the incorporation of practical applications to conference attendees.

Special Note about 2020 Conference Sessions:

Sessions which had been accepted for the 2020 Conference will be given special preference for the 2021 conference program. Please indicate below whether your session is a resubmission from 2020.

Session Proposal Submitter:

We realize that the person doing the submitting is usually, but not always, the session chair. Please indicate the person who will be responsible for logistics, requests for materials and equipment, and communicating with participants and the conference hosts. ALHFAM will only contact that person.


Sessions are 45 or 90 minutes. Workshops can be half-day or full-day. Please allow time for questions and answers.

AV, Internet and Room Arrangements:

If your session or workshop is selected, you will be receiving an email no less than a month before the conference asking you to describe your AV, internet and room arrangement needs. Speakers will need to bring their own laptops. Wireless internet will be available in the session rooms. LCD projectors will be available, but they may not be compatible with Macs.

Registration Fees & Cost:

Chairs and panelists must register for the conference for the day on which they speak unless they only attend their session. ALHFAM does not pay travel costs or honoraria for session chairs or panelists.

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