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  • 18 Aug 2021 3:03 PM | ALHFAM Webmaster (Administrator)

    ALHFAM Historic Farming is proud to support “A Year on the Field” project as a partner with farmers across the globe to study wheat this growing season.

     

     

    Join us for our "A Year On The Field" project and become part of a unique, global study with friends and colleagues from many areas of interest!

     

    Our main questions for the project:

    1) How is wheat grown in different regions of the world and how have the cultivation methods changed over the centuries?

    2) What varieties were (and are) cultivated, and what wheat products do we know of?

     

    We are looking for:

    - farmers

    - museums

    - living history farms

    - archaeological open-air museums

    who document all steps of wheat cultivation and processing with us for a year on site

     

    We are also looking for:

    - Scientists

    - Collection staff

    - Bakers

    who want to provide us with insights into individual aspects of wheat cultivation, varieties and final wheat products through the centuries

     

    Our goals (and passion):

    - to enable a global exchange on the historical methods of cultivation and harvest, regional and era differences, of wheat

    - current importance of wheat in current culture or historical recipes

    - to promote regional, national, and international networking of museums, research and producers

    - to create an increased public attention for sustainable cultivation methods through intensive reporting in word, image and film

    - to strengthen the importance of museums in public discourse and agriculture

     

    Incorporate this project in your daily routines, include school projects, students and volunteers to split the work load and to intensify public engagement.

     

    For your information:

    How much time does the project take?

    The pilot phase will initially run for a year, to begin in autumn 2021. You will plant and cultivate as normal. You need only create regular documentation, which will take less than an hour per week, and submit to the project.

     

    Would you like to participate?

    Then get in touch as soon as possible at:  Claus Kropp


  • 19 Jul 2021 3:51 PM | ALHFAM Webmaster (Administrator)

    Submit a workshop or session proposal for the 2022 SEALHFAM Conference, History in the Making, to be held at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum, in Jackson, Mississippi, February 18-20, 2022. Submissions are due September 1.

    View and Download the Call for Proposals Here

  • 15 Jul 2021 5:01 PM | ALHFAM Webmaster (Administrator)

    MOMCC's Fall Conference:

    Preserving the Fodder of History Outside the Silo

    will be held at Tiller's International, in Scotts, Michigan, November 11-13.

    Learn more here

    Registration ends October 10.

  • 21 Jun 2021 2:50 PM | ALHFAM Webmaster (Administrator)

    Call for Workshop & Session Proposals

    What is YOUR vision for The Future of the Past? We solicit your proposals for workshops and sessions that address diversity, equity, and inclusion at cultural institutions and the role living history will play in future museum interpretation. The conference committee is planning two full days of workshops and will prioritize workshops over sessions.

    Proposals deadline: December 15, 2021

    Questions?: Please email

    Download the Call for Workshop & Session Proposals  

  • 29 Apr 2021 2:51 PM | ALHFAM Webmaster (Administrator)

    We want to know how increased safety and health-related codes and regulations from local, state and federal governments are affecting visitor experiences, interpretation and programs at your site. How are policies and procedures related to insurance provisions changing how living history, reenactments and daily interpretation takes place? What precautions, training and certifications are becoming commonplace? We'd love for you to share your valuable lessons and case studies for the good of our profession and safety of our sites, staff and visitors.

    Submissions are due June 14. General guidelines can be found here. For further information, contact Katie Boardman.


  • 19 Apr 2021 3:06 PM | ALHFAM Webmaster (Administrator)

    You are invited to share your experiences creating inclusive interpretation, programs, and spaces at your museums and living history sites. What does inclusion look like at your site? What are you striving for in the future? How are you addressing and embracing the stories and storytellers who have historically been overlooked in your organization's interpretation? We want to hear how you are engaging and reflecting diverse audiences in staffing, governance, research, programming, collecting, education, and interpretation. Case studies, research, reviews, and opinion articles are welcome.

    Submissions are due by May 14, 2021. General submission guidelines can be found here.

    For further information contact Bulletin Editor Katie Boardman


  • 24 Mar 2021 10:50 AM | ALHFAM Webmaster (Administrator)

    ALHFAM is pleased to announce the results of the 2021 election.

    Vice President

    Jim Lauderdale

    Board of Directors

    Kari Freeman Barley

    Kerry-Leigh Burchill

    Aaron Loendorf

    Nominating Committee

    Cody Jolliff

    The members of the nominating committee (Ryan Beckman, Kathy Dickson, Jim McCabe, Deb Reid, Julian Whittam) wish to express sincere thanks to all those willing to serve on the board of directors and to those willing to stand for election. As a volunteer organization, ALHFAM cannot continue to thrive without the willingness of individual members to step up and serve. 

  • 10 Feb 2021 10:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ALHFAM’s First Virtual Plowing Match

    ALHFAM will hold their first Virtual Plowing Match for the 2021 Conference, hosted by the FARM Professional Interest Group. This event is meant to be fun and is designed for any ALHFAM member, however experienced.  Acknowledging that entrants will come from different sites with different resources, the judges will endeavor to take into account entrants’ ground, ability and equipment; including the type of plow used and the plowing for which it was intended. 

    Each entrant should plow an ideally level plot of no less than 50 feet but, if possible, should aim for a minimum of 100 feet or 30 meters in length. There is no maximum length of plot but the same rules will apply.

    The judges will award a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place winner in each category: Oxen Beginner; Oxen Experienced; Equine-assisted Beginner; Equine-assisted Experienced; Equine-Unassisted; and Tractor. The winners will be announced and edited clips from the 1st Place winners’ submissions will be presented during the virtual conference.  Ribbons, purchased by the FARM PIG, will be distributed at a later date.

    The FARM PIG would like to encourage participation in this match by as many members as possible.  If you are an Institutional Member interested in hosting members who are not attached to a site with draft animals, tractor, plow, land, or the necessary equipment, please email Jim Lauderdale. Likewise, members without said animals and equipment may contact the former, who will attempt to match interested members with host sites. Individual Members must comply with all operating policies of the Institutional Member site.

    All entries should be submitted by May 10, 2021 and should be sent HERE.

    For more guidance information, visit https://alhfam.org/FARM-pig.  

    Questions about plowing entries may be directed to Bob Powell.


  • 02 Feb 2021 12:19 PM | ALHFAM Webmaster (Administrator)


    Not a Keyhole, but a Doorway: A Dialogue on Inclusivity and Interpreting to Every Person

    Virtual Southeast Region ALHFAM Conference

        - February 26-28 2021 -


    Learn More & Register 

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