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  • 12 Jan 2019 3:33 PM | ALHFAM Webmaster (Administrator)

    The ALHFAM Board advanced a key component of its 2018 -2020 Strategic Workplan during its fall meeting by approving the proposal of a task force charged with mapping the work of a new administrative committee on Skills Training and Preservation.  The proposal includes 2019 funding for new training workshops, a project to document skills using short videos ("SkillClips"), a video library accessible through A.S.K., and an internship in skill documentation.

    The new Skills Training and Preservation Committee is charged with leading ALHFAM's efforts to collect the practices, processes, systems, arts and skills that are preserved and presented through "living history.”  To accomplish its goals, the committee will work with PIG Chairs, Regional Reps, Annual Conference Planners and individual members and sites, to inventory and catalogue skills,  identify and document 'at-risk' and endangered skills, and support and organize skills training. 

    The committee is co-chaired by Board members Lauren Muney and past Board president Pete Watson and includes Ed Schultz, Sonrisa Crespin, Alison Dobier and advisors Cody Joliff and Jon Hallman.

    In its proposal to the Board, the Skills Training and Preservation Task Force presented the following assessment of the challenge ahead:

    "Collections management is a skill that is widely held among museum professionals, yet, one that is not uniformly applied to collections of non-material culture. The importance of creating, managing and using living history collections to advance the field historical research, documentation and education is not an endeavor peculiar to ALHFAM, its partners in AIMA and EXARC, or to re-enactors of military, industrial or social history. However, collecting “skills” is rarely, if ever, seen in traditional museums.

    One of ALHFAM's greatest challenges is to take inventory of, document and share the countless, incredible array of skills held by, and offered through, its membership. To enable this, ALHFAM will create a culture that recognizes skills that are being lost, or soon to be lost, and find ways to place them in new hands. ALHFAM members will learn to take the knowledge and skill we have as curators of material culture, and apply it to the business of preserving the intangible culture of skills. ALHFAM members will become proficient at sharing skills with the public, enabling them to use their hands in problem solving -- allowing them try their hand at the doing, making and work that we bring to life. As museum professionals entrusted with the collection and care of those skills, we are challenged to teach the them not just to our colleagues, but to all." 


  • 12 Jan 2019 3:19 PM | ALHFAM Webmaster (Administrator)

    Find more information about the MOMCC/Midwest conference, scheduled for March 7-9, 2019 in Piqua, Ohio, here.

  • 12 Jan 2019 2:29 PM | ALHFAM Webmaster (Administrator)

    Registration for ALHFAM's Southeast conference in Little Rock, Arkansas February 22-24 is now open! More information is here.

  • 18 Dec 2018 4:05 PM | ALHFAM Webmaster (Administrator)

    Learn more and download the program booklet here.

  • 13 Dec 2018 1:35 PM | ALHFAM Webmaster (Administrator)

    We invite you to submit proposals for the annual conference to be held at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, in Midland, Ontario from June 8 to the 13, 2019. Rendezvous in Time, Widening Our Horizons ofInterest is our theme and we believe that it will give conference attendees a chance to demonstrate and highlight what makes our Association a leader in the museum/living history world. 

    Learn more and see the requirements here.


  • 07 Nov 2017 10:52 AM | ALHFAM Webmaster (Administrator)

    Sadly, ALHFAM has lost another of its own. Edward Baker, ALHFAM’s Secretary/Treasurer, passed away Sunday, October 29, 2017. During Edward’s decades of dedication and service to our organization, he served as secretary/treasurer, nominating committee member, board member, regional representative, conference planner, and auction “yupper.” He was also the recipient of the Schlebecker Award, ALHFAM’s highest honor. His dedication to ALHFAM was unwavering to the end, and everyone in ALHFAM who had the pleasure of working with him is deeply feeling his loss.

    Edward's obituary may be viewed here: 
    http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thewesterlysun/obituary.aspx?pid=187141248

  • 02 Jul 2017 3:56 PM | ALHFAM Webmaster (Administrator)

    The Call for Papers for the 2018 Annual Conference in Oklahoma is now available here.

  • 10 Jun 2017 1:22 PM | ALHFAM Webmaster (Administrator)

    Annual Conference attendees and ALHFAM members who are logged on can view the Attendee List and download conference presentations and hand-outs here.

  • 24 Apr 2017 2:04 PM | ALHFAM Webmaster (Administrator)

    The awardees of the 2017 Annual Conference Fellowships have been announced. The full list can be found here. Congratulations to the awardees!

  • 08 Apr 2017 5:06 PM | ALHFAM Webmaster (Administrator)

    ALHFAM Election

    On behalf of the Nominating Committee, here are the 2017 ALHFAM election results:

    Two-Year Vice-President term:
    Susan Reckseidler

    Three-Year Board term:
    Sarah LeCount
    Andi Erbskorn
    Dawn Bondhus Mueller

    Three-Year Nominating Committee term:
    Derrick Birdsall

    Sincere thanks to those elected and to Jim McCabe, Linda Evans, Jonathan Hallman, and Kimberly Costa for standing for election. Their willingness to serve is much appreciated.

    My personal thanks to the Nominating Committee for their good work: Bruce Henbest, Dean Hardman, Kristyn Watts, and Vertie Lee. 

    --Deb Arenz, Chair, ALHFAM Nominating Committee


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