• Home
  • Conference/Workshop Calendar

Conference & Workshop Calendar

ALHFAM Events

    • 11 Jul 2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 19 Jul 2020
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, NY, 14228

    Intermediate Woodworking: How to Cut Dovetails and Make a Box

    Details: This course will introduce participants to the different types of dovetails and instruct how to cut them. All tools and materials are provided, but if you have your own tools you are encouraged to bring them along. Space is limited to 6 participants.

    Price: $150 BNHV Members; $170 General Public 

    Registration and more information: www.bnhv.org

    Contact infoPhone: (716) 689-1440 /  Email: edu@bnhv.org

    • 08 Aug 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, NY, 14228

    Woodworking for Kids

    Details: This course introduces children to the various hand tools and simple skills involved with woodworking. The class begins with an introduction to each tool used, and a discussion about how to safely use the tool. Participants will make a simple project to take home with them.

    Price: $25 BNHV Members; $50 General Public 

    Registration and more information: www.bnhv.org

    Contact infoPhone: (716) 689-1440 /  Email: edu@bnhv.org

    • 08 Aug 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, NY, 14228

    19th Century Cooking Techniques

    Details: Spend the day beside one of our knowledgeable culinary interpreters! Learn about 19th century ingredients, equipment, methods of cooking, receipts (recipes), and much more. Participants will get an opportunity to cook in both our beehive oven and on our cookstove.

    Space is limited to 10 participants. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes, cotton/natural fiber clothing, and dress for the weather. Participants are highly encouraged to bring an apron and wear a long sleeve cotton tee shirt, to protect their arms and clothing while working on the stove. Don’t forget to bring a container for leftovers!

    Price: $80 BNHV Members / $90 General Public

    Registration and more information: www.bnhv.org

    Contact infoPhone: (716) 689-1440 /  Email: edu@bnhv.org

    • 12 Sep 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, NY, 14228

    Anatomy of an Antique House

    Details: o Come get a behind the scenes tour of some of our historic houses and learn about the different 19th century construction techniques.

    Price: $50 

    Registration and more information: www.bnhv.org

    Contact infoPhone: (716) 689-1440 /  Email: edu@bnhv.org

    • 19 Sep 2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 20 Sep 2020
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, NY, 14228

    Introduction to Blacksmithing

    Details: o This course will teach participants the fundamentals of blacksmithing through hands-on learning. Safety, tools, techniques, materials, terminology, and more will be explored throughout the course of the weekend. Space is limited to 6 participants. Ages 17 and up.

    Price: $100 BNHV Members / $130 General Public

    Registration and more information: www.bnhv.org

    Contact infoPhone: (716) 689-1440 /  Email: edu@bnhv.org

    • 03 Oct 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, NY, 14228

    Anatomy of an Antique Barn

    Details: Participants will tour a number of local barns and learn about the different 19th century construction techniques.

    Price: $50 

    Registration and more information: www.bnhv.org

    Contact infoPhone: (716) 689-1440 /  Email: edu@bnhv.org

    • 15 Oct 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 17 Oct 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Prescott, Arizona

    The COVID Chronicles

    When we last left our intrepid museum staff, they were trying to discern the person who had pronounced the ancient Chinese curse “May you live in interesting times.” Perhaps there would be a way to reverse the curse if the source was located. After nearly two months of quarantine status, there was desperation on their part to resume life as it had been.

    As they were grappling with this problem, word came down from on high that there was a light at the end of the tunnel. This caused great joy in the staff as they hoped it would be the headlight of an oncoming locomotive. This would indicate a miracle as the train had stopped coming to town nearly 40 years before and the tracks had been torn up for decades. If miracles were in the works, perhaps they could get in line for one.

    Alas, this was not the case. As they investigated further, it was found that the ghost of Diogenes of Sinope had brought his lamp to town, still looking for an honest man, but having found the task too overwhelming in this day and age, had hung the lamp on the Rough Rider monument in the courthouse plaza and left town. County officials, fearing that the presence of the lamp would cause a social distancing nightmare, removed it and in so doing, extinguished it. Thinking that the lamp looked old and hoping that it might contain a genie with an unused wish, rubbed it until most of the patina was gone. Not getting their wish, they took it to the museum because it “looked old.”

    At the museum, they found the gates closed and a sign that indicated that you needed to call to make a delivery. This they did, summoning a close relative of a genie, a museum curator. Upon telling the curator their story, the curator indicated that it not only had most of the original finish removed, but also that the attribution was dubious and thus it did not fit within the museum’s collections mission statement. Learning this, the county officials left the lamp at the gate and went their way, thus creating a Corona “dump and run.”

    While all of this was transpiring, the other staff received word from on high that a sacrifice must be made to facilitate reopening the facilities to the public. Wondering if a mouse might satisfy the edict, since mice were known to make their way into some of the buildings, a search was made for traps. It was then brought up that this was the wrong time of year for mice to come indoors. This came as a disappointment to the chief curator as he wanted to extract vengeance from all mice for one having eaten the emergency chocolate bar imported from Canada. Someone mentioned that a chicken might suffice and that two of the living history interpreters were known to have chickens.

    While trying to decide whom to ask for a chicken, word came down from on high that this was an important sacrifice and that it demanded everyone’s attention. The staff wondered if it would be one of them.

    And so, we leave our museum staff to ponder the question of what the sacrifice might be. Come back next week for the continuing saga of our museum staff in The COVID Chronicles.

    Unfortunately, dear reader, there is no next issue. The staff learned that the sacrifice was events and that among them was hosting the 2020 ALHFAM Western Region meeting in October. We hope that 2021 will see better times with less uncertainty. With that in mind, we would hope to host the meeting next year.

    Mick Woodcock

    Chief Curator and ALHFAM Western Region Rep.

    • 07 Nov 2020
    • (EST)
    • Fort Nisqually Living History Museum 5400 N Pearl ST #11, Tacoma, WA 98407

    Cider Brewing

    Details: In this informative and entertaining cider class, we will explore the history and alchemy of cider. Students will gain the skills and understanding of how to make their own.
    This class includes great information on cider making basics, fermentation, and varieties of cider. Pre registration required.

    Price: $45

    Registration and more information: Registration opens in August 2020. Check our website for the latest: fortnisqually.org

    Contact infoLane Sample, lanes@tacomaparks.com, 253-4043970 x 5011

    • 07 Nov 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EST)
    • Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, NY, 14228

    Backpack Basket Weaving

    Details: Participants in this course will learn how to weave their own backpack basket. These woven packs are great for transporting materials back and forth.

    Price: $100 BNHV Members; $130 General Public 

    Registration and more information: www.bnhv.org

    Contact infoPhone: (716) 689-1440 /  Email: edu@bnhv.org

    • 14 Nov 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EST)
    • Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, NY, 14228

    Spoon Making

    Details: Get an introduction to the basic carving methodologies, using only hand tools. Using green wood, learn how to properly harvest material and whittle it down to a functional piece. All tools and materials are provided.  Space is limited to 6 participants.

    Price: $75 BNHV Members; $115 General Public 

    Registration and more information: www.bnhv.org

    Contact infoPhone: (716) 689-1440 /  Email: edu@bnhv.org

    • 12 Dec 2020
    • (EST)
    • 13 Dec 2020
    • (EST)
    • Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, NY, 14228

    Painted Canvas Floor Cloth

    Details: Participants will be given a canvas that they will learn to paint and take home to decorate any part of their home. Painted canvases were popular floor coverings in the 19th century.

    Price: $70 BNHV Members; $100 General Public 

    Registration and more information: www.bnhv.org

    Contact infoPhone: (716) 689-1440 /  Email: edu@bnhv.org

    • 26 Feb 2021
    • (EST)
    • 28 Feb 2021
    • (EST)
    • Frontier Culture Museum, Stauton, Virginia


    • 11 Jun 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 14 Jun 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Archbold, Ohio

    2021 Annual Meeting & Conference

    Looking Forward . . . The Next 50 Years

    June 11-14, 2021
    Sauder Village, Archbold, Ohio

    If we could gaze into our communal crystal ball, what would we see? What will the future bring living history, farm and agricultural museums, and how can we begin to prepare for that now? What issues and opportunities has the COVID-19 pandemic underscored and the protests for equity brought to the forefront? What kind of foundation are we building? What best practice methodologies are arising from within our own living history field that are robust, durable, and enduring? What strategies for success are we bringing—or can we borrow—from outside our field to ensure our relevance and sustainability?

    The theme of the 2021 ALHFAM conference is about the future of living history. We can’t predict it. But we can be open to it. We can prepare for it. We can be flexible, adaptable, and resilient to change as it will inevitably occur. Because 50 years from now, we want to be not just surviving but thriving. We want to be critical to how people see themselves, their communities, and their world. And we can start today!


    Visit the Call for Proposals Page to Submit your Session or Workshop Proposal


    Want more information about the schedule and lodging options?

    Check out the Conference At-A-Glance

    • 23 Jun 2022
    • (EDT)
    • 28 Jun 2022
    • (EDT)
    • Tacoma, Washington


Past events

22 Jun 2020 VISION: A 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting & Conference
13 Jun 2020 19th Century Cooking Techniques
13 Jun 2020 Introduction to Small Scale Hay Making
16 May 2020 Wild Edibles
16 May 2020 Handcut Dovetails
09 May 2020 Learn the Art of Making Rigging Blocks
03 May 2020 Woodworking: Parent & Child (Ages 7-10)
03 May 2020 Introduction to Cheesemaking
03 May 2020 Piecing and Quilting
03 May 2020 Penny Rugs: Wool on Wool Applique
03 May 2020 Introduction to Broom-Making
03 May 2020 Woodworking: Parent & Child (Ages 4-6)
02 May 2020 Introduction to Raising Chickens
02 May 2020 Portable Workbench
02 May 2020 Farmhouse Breakfast
02 May 2020 Basic Blacksmithing
02 May 2020 Introduction to Basketmaking
02 May 2020 Woodworking for Beginners
02 May 2020 Standing Wool Rugs
25 Apr 2020 Flavors from the Hearth Cooking Workshops: Traditional Bake Day
19 Apr 2020 Paper Flowers (PA)
11 Apr 2020 Flavors from the Hearth Cooking Workshops: Celebrating Springtime
05 Apr 2020 Alternative Photography with Cyanotypes/Sun Prints, Lumen Prints, Pinhole Cameras and Anthotypes
04 Apr 2020 Introduction to Hand Tools: Identification, Care, and Use
29 Mar 2020 Beginner Blacksmithing (PA)
28 Mar 2020 Flavors from the Hearth Cooking Workshops: New England Fare
28 Mar 2020 2020 Mid-Atlantic Conference
26 Mar 2020 Beekeeping 101
26 Mar 2020 ONLINE / EXARC: Documentation Strategies in (Archaeological) Open-Air Museums
21 Mar 2020 Hearth Cooking Workshop
21 Mar 2020 Tinsmithing
18 Mar 2020 MOMCC 2021 Spring Conference
15 Mar 2020 Beginner Spinning (PA)
14 Mar 2020 Flavors from the Hearth Cooking Workshops: A St. Patrick's Day Meal
14 Mar 2020 Introduction to Woodworking
14 Mar 2020 Introduction to Maple Sugaring
12 Mar 2020 MOMCC 2020 Spring Conference
29 Feb 2020 Flavors from the Hearth Cooking Workshops: A Hearty Winter Dinner
22 Feb 2020 Basketry
21 Feb 2020 SEALHFAM 2020 Regional Conference
15 Feb 2020 Flavors from the Hearth Cooking Workshops: Valentine's Day
07 Nov 2019 MOMCC 2019 Fall Conference
16 Oct 2019 Western Region Conference 2019
07 Sep 2019 Plowing Workshop for ALHFAM Members
08 Jun 2019 2019 Annual Meeting
08 Mar 2019 CANCELED: New England Regional Conference 2019
07 Mar 2019 MOMCC 2019 Spring Conference
22 Feb 2019 Southeast Regional ALHFAM Conference 2019
24 Jan 2019 Mountain Plains Skills and Trades Exposition 2019
08 Nov 2018 Fall 2018 MOMCC Conference (Midwest Region)
01 Nov 2018 Western Regional Conference 2018
26 Oct 2018 Mid-Atlantic Skills Workshop and Regional Meeting 2018
13 Oct 2018 Fowl Butchering 101 Workshop at Sauder Village
01 Jun 2018 2018 Annual Conference
13 Apr 2018 New England Regional Conference 2018
09 Apr 2018 ALHFAM Dairy Workshop
23 Mar 2018 First Person Interpreters Retreat 2018
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 Mid-Atlantic 2016 Regional Meeting
01 Apr 2016 2016 FPIPN Retreat
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
ALHFAM • P.O. Box 16, Rochdale, MA 01542 - info@alhfam.org

Sitemap   |   Terms 

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software