Annual Meeting & Conference

The ALHFAM Annual Meeting & Conference is the largest single gathering of the ALHFAMily. Hosted each year by a member institution in the United States or Canada, the format includes formal papers, interactive workshops, the Annual Business Meeting, site visits and multiple opportunities for informal discussion. Sharing, fun and learning go hand-in-hand at this meeting, considered by many to be one of the most useful museum conferences available.

First Timer’s Guide to the ALHFAM Annual Meeting

(3nd Revised Version)

Our members tell us that one of the greatest benefits of membership is the informal networking that our regional and international meetings provide. ALHFAM’s membership committee is trying to make it a little easier for first-timers to meet and mingle with two-timers, long-timers and old-timers.

This is an overview of what to expect, where to be, and what to wear, when. We hope you enjoy this Field Guide to the Annual Meeting . If you find it wanting, please let us know how we might improve it.

This guide is organized by activity, in the approximate order of occurrence.

Complete text of the "First Timer's Guide to the Annual Meeting" (PDF)

Annual Meeting & Conference Photograph Policy

The following statement of policy regard being photographed at an Annual Meeting & Conference will now be carried on all ALHFAM conference registration forms: 

By signing this form, I acknowledge that my photograph or video may be taken while at this Association of Living History, Farm, and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM) event by either representatives of ALHFAM or attendees of the event. I understand these photographs or videos may be used in the ALHFAM newsletter, promotional material, web site, social media, and provided to the media, and I will not receive compensation for their use. I further understand that ALHFAM has no control over the use of images taken by individual event attendees.

Locations of Past ALHFAM Annual Meetings & Conferences

  • 1972, The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown, New York
  • 1973, Iowa Living History Farms, Urbandale, Iowa 
  • 1974, Agricultural Center, Davis, California
  • 1975, National Museum of History & Technology, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
  • 1976, Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, Haverford, Pennsylvania
  • 1977, Agrirama, Tifton, Georgia
  • 1978, National Museum of Science & Technology, Ottawa, Canada
  • 1979, El Rancho de las Golondrinas, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 1980, Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts
  • 1981, Land Between the Lakes, Kentucky
  • 1982, King's Landing, New Brunswick, Canada
  • 1983, Old World Wisconsin, Eagle, Wisconsin
  • 1984, Four Mile Historic Park, Denver, Colorado
  • 1985, Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Virginia
  • 1986, Ontario Agricultural Museum, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
  • 1987, Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village, Dearborn, Michigan
  • 1988, Old Bethpage Village, Long Island, New York
  • 1989, Connor Prairie, Noblesville, Indiana
  • 1990, Old Sturbridge Village/Plimoth Plantation, Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1991, Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Museum, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 1992, Old Salem, North Carolina
  • 1993, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 1994, The Farmers' Museum/NYSHA, Troy, New York
  • 1995, Hale Farm/Lake Farm Park, Ohio
  • 1996, George Ranch Historical Park, Houston, Texas
  • 1997, Museum of American Frontier Culture, Staunton, Virginia
  • 1998, Doon Heritage Crossroads, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • 1999 Watson Mill Historic Site, Kansas City, Missouri
  • 2000, Mystic Seaport and Old Sturbridge Village, New London, Connecticut
  • 2001, Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Virginia
  • 2002, Fortress Louisburg, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 2003, Howell Living History Farm, Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, Monmouth County Parks, New Jersey Office of Historic Sites, and New Jersey Museum of Agriculture, Princeton, New Jersey
  • 2004, The Henry Ford, Dearborn, Michigan
  • 2005, Living History Farms, Des Moines, Iowa
  • 2006, Museum of Rural Life, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 2007, El Rancho de las Golondrinas, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 2008, Canada Agriculture Museum, Ottawa, ON
  • 2009, Old Salem Museum & Gardens, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 2010, Old Sturbridge Village, Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 2011, The Farmstead at WVU, Jackson’s Mill, Weston, West Virginia
  • 2012, Farmers Branch Historical Park, Farmers Branch, Texas
  • 2013, Hale Farm & Village, Bath, Ohio
  • 2014, Heritage Park Historical Village, Calgary, Alberta
  • 2015, Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Virginia
  • 2016, Museum of Rural Life, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 2017, Genesee Country Village, Rochester, New York
  • 2018, Oklahoma Historical Society and Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah, Oklahoma

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