• 08 Sep 2016 9:50 AM | Anonymous member

    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

    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.

  • 05 Jul 2016 6:51 PM | ALHFAM Webmaster (Administrator)

    The Guide to Hosting a Regional Conference has been updated. Access it here: The Guide to Hosting a Regional Conference

  • 23 Jun 2016 8:48 PM | Anonymous member

    Heidi Glatfelter Schlag has assumed the position of ALHFAM Webmaster. Heidi is the immediate past chair of the Communications Committee and worked with past webmaster Blake Hayes on the transition to the new website.

    Please address all website questions or concerns to Heidi. You can reach her at The "webmaster" address is in transition over the next day or two, but she will get to your message as soon as possible.

  • 04 Apr 2016 9:49 AM | Deleted user

    The 2016 Annual Conference Program is now available and registration is open.  Go to the 2016 Annual Conference page.

  • 01 Apr 2016 5:03 PM | Deleted user

    The Winter 2016 Bulletin issue is now online for your viewing

  • 19 Mar 2016 12:32 PM | Deleted user

    ALHFAM Election

    On behalf of the Nominating Committee, here are the 2016 ALHFAM election results:

    Two-Year Secretary/Treasurer term:

    Edward Baker

    Three-Year Board term:

    Karen Clancy

    Susie Marchand

    Michael Smola

    Three-Year Nominating Committee term:

    Vertie Lee

    The revised logo was approved by an almost 2-to-1 margin.

    Sincere thanks to those elected and to Randy Kvill, Katie Cannon, and Jim Lauderdale 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 Edward Baker.

    --Deb Arenz, Chair, ALHFAM Nominating Committee

  • 21 Jan 2016 10:30 PM | Deleted user

    The list of ALHFAM members, both individuals and institutions, is literally to long to include here. So you will need to see the NPR story, American History Lives: A Story Of The People, By The People, For The People for yourself. In the middle of the on-line story, ALHFAM itself gets a direct reference with a link to our website.See the photographs of ALHFAM's own Ron Carnegie ringing the opening bell on the NSADAQ Stock Exchange, Jan. 21, 2016. In his role as George Washington for ALHFAM institutional member Colonial Williamsburg, Ron captured, and commanded Times Square.

    The February, 2016 issue of Early American Life magazine features a "People Profile-Drawing With Scissors" of ALHFAM member Lauren Muney, along with an historical background on silhouettes.

    ALHFAM and several of it member institutions got great press and promotion in a December 2, 2015 on-line story by mnn - Mother Nature Network , called 12 time-rewinding living history farms. published a December 7, 2015 story about Old Sturbridge Village's "non-period" approach to celebrating Christmas. ALHFAM President Tom Kelleher is the OSV spokesperson in the online article.

    The Institute for Museum and Library Services recently announced it will provide ALHFAM member Monticello with nearly $300,000 through its National Leadership Grants for Museums program to fund a three-year study to assess the effectiveness of teacher education programs at historic sites. Read More about it in this WVIR-TV/NBC online news report.

    Holland, Michigan’s resident miller, author and our own ALHFAM board member, Alisa Crawford was featured in an NPR/WMUK story on December 4, 2015. Read and/or Listen to the Story.

    ALHFAMer Lauren Muney participated in the making (and had some screen time as well) of the film Silhouette Secrets, which won Best Documentary at NIFF Houston (USA) Film Festival, and was selected for consideration for Best Documentary at Marbella (Spain) Film Festival.

    Yankee Magazine partner New England Inns & Resorts has named ALHFAM member institutions Plimoth Plantation, Old Sturbridge Village and Mystic Seaport the "Best Living History Museums in New England". And it looks like ALHFAM member Rebecca Gross in the cover photo.

    An article in the Williamsburg Yorktown Daily about the illumination of historic buildings notes that Gen. George Washington, AKA our own ALHFAMer Ron Carnegie, will lead the ceremony of the first night lighting of four of their most iconic structures.

    ALHFAMer Deb Freidman appears in the on-line magazine Eater In their story "What is Marlborugh Pie?"  they reference her earlier interview that was included in John T. Edge's book Apple Pie
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