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    • 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

    • 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

    • 21 Nov 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (MST)
    • Online

    “Thriving in Changing Times”

    The Virtual Western Region Conference & Meeting 

    November 21, 2020

    Host Site: Sharlot Hall Museum, Prescott, AZ

    Cost & Registration: 

    • Conference registration is free for ALHFAM members.
    • You must register to attend.
    • Links for conference attendance will be emailed to registrants by November 19.
    • Registration closes November 18.

    2020 Virtual Western Region Meeting Schedule

    (All times listed in Pacific Time—Mountain Time is one hour later)

    9:00 to 9:30 am /  Welcome and virtual tour of site

    9:45 to 10:45 am Session / “Save Your Voice” for Your Site ­­– Vocal Health Preservation in the Time of COVID and Beyond

    Presenter: Cece Otto, American Songline

    Living historians work hard to maintain and preserve history, but then when you add in COVID, masks, smoke, and more, you can often neglect the one thing that’s a huge part of the equation – your voice. In this session/discussion, we’ll be talking about how to combat vocal fatigue given these new challenges and what healthy vocal production looks like, and I’ll share some simple tips to keep your voice in tip-top shape, both now and in the years to come.

    11:00 to 12:00 pm Session / Thriving by Creating Something New

    Presenter: Kay Demlow, Lavender’s Green Historic Clothing

    Changing times take away our stable routines and normal work habits. In March my local living history sites and reenacting groups faced the reality of having to cancel every single scheduled event. Without the focus of those short-term goals, I needed a new project!

    A serendipitous purchase of an antique armoire led me to create “The 1909 Wardrobe Project”. In this session I will describe how the research, the inventory on hand, my own interests and even the site (my 1909 Foursquare house) came together to give me a focus for my creativity – and the energy to turn it into a series for my blog!

    We will save time at the end for discussion, because even if you don’t need a new wardrobe, the chances are that you have some possibilities for creativity in changing times, too.

    1:00 to 1:30 pm Business Meeting           

    1:45 to 2:45 pm Session / Thriving in Changing Times: Keeping a Ghost Town Funded in a Pandemic

    Presenter: Chris Spiller, Bodie Foundation

    Bodie State Historic Park, a California State Park in Eastern California, depends on a non-profit cooperating association for a consistent source of funding. The Bodie Foundation is dedicated to the preservation, interpretation, and public enjoyment of Bodie State Historic Park and two other nearby state parks.

    The COVID-19 pandemic presented a challenge for the Bodie Foundation and State Parks staff as we worked together to remodel the Foundation sales area at Bodie and present special events in a safe manner to allow us to generate funds crucial to the park’s operations and stabilization needs. This presentation will discuss how we kept employees, volunteers and our visitors safe by using some very simple tools such as iPhones, Plexiglas, and requiring social distancing and masks on our private tours.

    3:00 to 4:00 pm Session / Food for Thought: On the Menu is COVID

    Presenter: Linda Evans, High Desert Museum

    This is a roundtable discussion. Please bring to the table two positive things you have learned or observed and your most significant challenge. Side choices are: How is the virus affecting your job, business, institution, or interpretation?  Pick your side choices prior, as round tables work best when timed.         

    • 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!

    You may select to present virtually only, in-person and virtually, or in-person only.

    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

19 Sep 2020 Introduction to Blacksmithing
12 Sep 2020 Anatomy of an Antique House
04 Sep 2020 The Dressmakers (Virtual) Apprentice
08 Aug 2020 19th Century Cooking Techniques
08 Aug 2020 Woodworking for Kids
11 Jul 2020 Intermediate Woodworking: How to Cut Dovetails and Make a Box
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
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