• 08 Mar 2017 5:10 PM | ALHFAM Webmaster (Administrator)

    After long and careful consideration and deliberation, your ALHFAM board of directors has unanimously voted to recommend that the office of Secretary/Treasurer be separated into separate offices to be held by two individuals, a Secretary and a Treasurer. This change requires a vote by the membership. Please download the entire notice about the bylaw change here.

  • 27 Feb 2017 3:24 PM | ALHFAM Webmaster (Administrator)

    The 2017 Annual Conference Booklet for the June 9-13, 2017 meeting at Genesee Country Village, Rochester, NY, is available here and registration is open!

    Fellowships for the conference are also-- information is available here.

    Please note that to get the ALHFAM member rate for the conference, you must be logged on to the website. 

  • 07 Feb 2017 6:55 PM | ALHFAM Webmaster (Administrator)

    The FARM PIG is happy to announce that the “Position Statement on the Use of Livestock in Museum Settings 2016” has been approved by ALHFAM’s board and has been added to the FARM page. Additionally, there are two other documents that ALHFAM members may find useful: “Handling Public Concerns on the Use of Livestock in Museum Settings 2016” and “Livestock Care in Museums 2016.”  Visit the FARM PIG page to see all three documents.

  • 15 Dec 2016 11:01 AM | ALHFAM Webmaster (Administrator)

    The New ALHFAM Website & Membership Management System

    In the fall of 2015, ALHFAM began a new chapter in the way we communicate and interact with our membership. The most obvious change is visible through our redesigned and reorganized website. But the really big change will be the way you, as a member, will be able to manage your own membership profile and the way in which ALHFAM will communicate with you about your membership status. With this new system, we will communicate with you increasingly via email: Your membership reminders, renewal invoices, event registrations, etc., will come directly to you as email communications.

    To help members with this change, and to continue to assist you, we have started a seven-month "training" series about the new membership system and the features of the new website. There will be a link in each upcoming eUpdate that will take you to a Membership Management System Information Sheet, each of which will provide you with the information you will need to know in order work with this exciting new membership system. The FAQ sheet will be continually updated as new question arise.

    How To Use the ALHFAM Website & MMS
    Website & MMS FAQs
    Website & MMS Info Sheet #1- Membership Bundles
    Website & MMS Info Sheet #2 - Member Profiles & Membership Directories
    Website & MMS Info Sheet #3 - ALHFAM On-line Forums

  • 13 Dec 2016 7:08 PM | ALHFAM Webmaster (Administrator)

    Sadly, ALHFAM and the greater museum and agricultural communities have lost
    another influential and beloved friend. Darwin Kelsey, a Cooperstown
    graduate and ALHFAM founder (and our second president) passed away on
    Saturday. Among many other accomplishments, Darwin played a key role in
    creating a historical agriculture program at Old Sturbridge Village,
    developing the innovative Lake Farm Park in Ohio, and more recently promoting
    local agriculture by founding the Countryside Conservancy which promotes
    farmers' markets. He will be greatly missed.

    Darwin's obituary can be found here.

  • 26 Oct 2016 12:05 PM | ALHFAM Webmaster (Administrator)

    The Ag Map has been updated and has a new site added. Check it out here:

  • 08 Sep 2016 9:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please visit the 2017 Annual Conference page for new information and a schedule for the conference at Genessee Country Village and Museum.

  • 28 Aug 2016 7:29 PM | ALHFAM Webmaster (Administrator)

    The Call for Papers for the New England Regional Meeting in Providence, RI is available online. Click here for more details.

  • 25 Jul 2016 10:48 AM | ALHFAM Webmaster (Administrator)

    Submissions for the 2016 Annual Conference Proceedings are due July 31, 2016. Please send your submissions to Editor Deb Reid.

    If you have any questions, please email Deb. For the Guidelines to submitting to the Proceedings, see

  • 11 Jul 2016 10:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Blake Dean Hayes passed away peacefully at his home in Cherry Valley, NY on July 7, 2016 among family and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Gerald (Gerry) Hayes and Harriette Hayes, of Sidney, NY. Blake was born in Sidney, NY on March 28, 1950. He graduated from Sidney High School (1968) and received a B.A. in history from the University of Albany. With his love of history, he studied Preservation Technology at St. Lawrence College in Brockville, Ontario and pursued a career in historical preservation, restoration and museum work. Blake worked for Georgia Agrirama, Tifton, GA and The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, Dearborn, MI. His many restoration projects included the Harvey Firestone Farm and House, the Buckminster Fuller Dymaxion House, a 1940's diner and gas station, the Wright Brothers' Home and 1960's Motown Recording Studio. He was a co-creator of the Henry Ford Museum American Automobile and Made in America exhibits. After returning to Cherry Valley, he gathered a number of museum professionals into The Cherry Valley Group. With CVG he created interpretive and master plans, exhibits and staff training for historic sites, museums and non-profit organizations throughout the Northeast, Southern and Midwestern United States. Blake was active in preserving and promoting local historic sites and organizations. He served on numerous community boards and preservation organizations in Tifton, GA; Ypsilanti, MI; Greenbay, WI, and especially Cherry Valley, NY. He received the prestigious John T. Schlebecker Award from the Association of Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums, a professional organization in which he contributed many volunteer hours. Blake was known for his humor, hospitality, good cooking, gardening, frugality, curmudgeonly tendencies and memorable ear stands, Cowardly Lion impersonations and Wizard of Oz reenactments. His family, colleagues and friends were especially important to him. He is survived by his loving wife Lorraine Bosma of Cherry Valley, NY; daughter Rebecca Gross (Ryan) of Middleboro, MA; son Ashley Hayes of Chapel Hill, NC; stepsons Loren Sutton of Boston, MA, Brian Sutton of Los Angeles, CA and Will Sutton of Cherry Valley, NY; son in spirit Jared Fruth; granddaughters Ariella Blake Gross, Selah Elizabeth Gross and Elizabeth Ann Hayes; sister Dolores Breunig (Franz) of Sidney, NY; brother Keith Hayes (Carol) of Prince George, VA. Blake also maintained close friendships with his former wife, Martha Camp, of Ecuador and former wife and colleague, Mary Seelhorst, of Ypsilanti, MI. He enjoyed his many nieces and nephews and his favorite cat, Kitty Ga-Ga. Contributions in his memory may be sent to The Cherry Valley Community Facilities Corporation for old school maintenance at PO Box 66, Cherry Valley, NY 13320.

    Blake does his famous earstand at the Colonial Williamsburg meeting in 2001.

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