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  • 11 Nov 2020 11:53 AM | ALHFAM Webmaster (Administrator)

    We invite you and your colleagues to share about volunteer program adaptations to COVID protocols, building and maintaining inclusive volunteer teams, training public-facing staff and volunteers on engaging visitors about race and class, volunteer placement throughout an organization, and other relevant insights, case studies, resources, approaches, joys and pitfalls.

    Resource reviews are also welcome for Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights Changing the World by Robert J. Rosenthal (2015) or Recruiting and Managing Volunteers in Museums: A Handbook for Volunteer Management by Kristy Van Hoven and Loni Wellman (2016).

    Submissions are due by December 22. General submission guidelines can be located here. 

    We look forward to hearing from you!  Contact Anna Stratton, Guest Editor.


  • 10 Nov 2020 5:59 PM | ALHFAM Webmaster (Administrator)

    Proposals for the 2021 MOMCC 2021 Spring Virtual Conference are being accepted through December 30, 2020. 

    Submit your proposal today.

  • 23 Sep 2020 1:30 PM | ALHFAM Webmaster (Administrator)

    Registration is now open for the 2020 Western Regional Virtual Conference and Meeting: Thriving in Changing Times.

    Hosted by Sharlot Hall Museum in Arizona, this meeting will take place online on November 21. 

    Registration is free for ALHFAM members.

    Learn more and Register today!

  • 07 Aug 2020 11:27 AM | ALHFAM Webmaster (Administrator)

    Hello from your friendly ALHFAM Bulletin guest editors, Barb and Alyssa! 

    We are looking for articles and resource reviews for our issue on changing weather and its impact. 

    Frequent floods? Intense weather cycles? Climate change? Wildfires? Drought? What is happening in our regions?  

    We want to hear how your sites and museums interpret these stories – historic and recent. Tell us how you prepare for more dramatic weather, or climate change, and the impacts on your sites, structures, animals, crops and museums.

    Be a part of the Summer 2019 edition: Changing Weather

    Send any questions, articles or ideas to Alyssa Zajan

    Submission Deadline: September 4, 2020

  • 29 Jul 2020 3:06 PM | ALHFAM Webmaster (Administrator)

    Recordings of sessions and meetings from the 2020 Virtual Conference are now available on the ALHFAM website for members only. You must be logged in to the website to view them. Need help logging in? Contact the Webmaster.

    Session Recordingsalhfam.org/2020-Recorded-Sessions

    The Region and Professional Interest Group (PIG) meeting recordings are available on their respective pages on the website. Use your mouse to hover over About Us on the horizontal menu bar on the home page and select Regions or Interest Groups from the drop down. You’ll then be able to select whichever Region or PIG you’re interested in.  


  • 01 Jul 2020 2:13 PM | ALHFAM Webmaster (Administrator)

    The Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM) and Look Around You Ventures (LAYV) are pleased to announce a new strategic partnership to create exciting and entertaining online educational videos about American history.

    ALHFAM has been at the forefront of the growth and professionalization of living history techniques in museum programs, with members across the United States and in many other countries around the world.

    Look Around You Ventures creates high-quality historic video programs through its current web series “Civil War Digital Digest” and “Revolutionary Gazette” (the latter scheduled for release in Fall 2020).

    Combining the knowledge of ALHFAM’s member institutions with the attention to detail and high-quality production capabilities of LAYV, new videos will highlight the technology in use at the time of the American War of Independence and the United States Civil War. Our goal is to help students, teachers, re-enactors and history enthusiasts connect with American history, while they learn about the people who lived, fought and survived these conflicts.

    Crafting connections and building interest in these eras will highlight the range of interactive opportunities the public can find at ALHFAM sites across the United States and around the world.

    As museums and historic sites begin to safely open, watch for new episodes in both series to begin carrying the ALHFAM logo very soon!

    Learn more about ALHFAM and LAYV. You may also contact Jim Lauderdale, STP Committee, or Will Eichler, Producer.

  • 24 Jun 2020 3:14 PM | ALHFAM Webmaster (Administrator)


    Check out the special 50th Anniversary issue of the Bulletin. Available to members for download here.

  • 22 Jun 2020 10:36 AM | ALHFAM Webmaster (Administrator)

    The Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums stands in solidarity with black communities across the globe in saying, Black Lives Matter. They mattered in the past; they matter now, and they will matter tomorrow. No one should ever be made to feel less or live in fear because of the color of their skin. We ask our member institutions to guard against institutional and structural racism and to continue to teach the difficult parts of history to challenge preconceptions and to increase awareness. As an organization we have been complacent in not actively reaching out to diverse populations to find ways to support their professional growth and encourage their participation and leadership within the organization. Looking to the future, we seek input from new voices as work begins to address our organizational weaknesses.   

  • 03 Jun 2020 2:29 PM | ALHFAM Webmaster (Administrator)


    SCREEN VISION

    A 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting & Conference



    Please join us for our first Virtual Annual Meeting & Conference. While there is no substitute for convening the ALHFAMily in person, we are adapting to these challenging circumstances and look forward to seeing you virtually.

    • Registration for virtual sessions and meetings is free and open to ALHFAM members only.
    • You must register by June 21.
    • Session links will be sent to registrants no later than two-days prior to session time. 


  • 28 May 2020 1:41 PM | ALHFAM Webmaster (Administrator)

    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.

ALHFAM • P.O. Box 16, Rochdale, MA 01542 - info@alhfam.org

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