ALHFAM-L discussion list issue

For ALHFAM members who are part of the e-mail discussion list: there appears to be a problem with posting to the list today, as messages that were sent to Binhost/Capalon, our list host, have not appeared. Once messages start appearing again, I will let everyone know.

Martha Katz-Hyman
ALHFAM Communications Manager
The Association of Living History, Farm, and Agricultural Museums
An organization of people who bring history to life.



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Last Call for Articles: Spring 2014 ALHFAM Bulletin

The theme for the Spring 2014 Bulletin is “Up and Coming: Trends in Museums and Historic Sites.”

Share your concerns, questions, experiences, tips of the trade and musings on working in museums, historic sites, parks and living history. What will future jobs and work look like?  How does one make connections and find gainful employment?  What makes a good internship? How do you learn new skills, and what skills should you learn? How do you “keep it fresh” and keep up with the times? Contribute your thoughts and resources to this open forum for seasoned and emerging professionals alike.  What trends with visitors are affecting and changing your work?

Articles are due no later than May 8, 2014.

Contact Bulletin editor Katie Boardman [E-mail: katie(a)] to discuss your proposed article.

Thank you!

Martha Katz-Hyman
ALHFAM Communications Manager
The Association of Living History, Farm, and Agricultural Museums
An organization of people who bring history to life.


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ALHFAM Style Guide

During the March ALHFAM Board phone conference, ALHFAM’s Style Guide was approved. This guide is intended to make sure that we, as an organization, present a uniform “face” to our public in terms of logo, tag line, and mission statement.

These guidelines cover the use of the ALHFAM logo, including the ox drover and plow, by PIGS and regions, and in communications by ALHFAM officers and committee chairs. It also covers the creation of Facebook pages and LinkedIn groups as well as the use of Twitter and the ALHFAM blog.

The Style Guide is available on the ALHFAM website as member-only content. That means that only ALHFAM members who have registered on the website can access the information.

If you are not already registered on the website, go to to register.

Martha Katz-Hyman
ALHFAM Communications Manager
The Association of Living History, Farm, and Agricultural Museums
An organization of people who bring history to life.


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Conference Update!

Hot Off the Presses – Skills Workshop (June 21, 2014)

There are still a few spaces available in this unique hands-on workshop during the annual Conference.

The Strathmore Standard at Heritage Park Historical Village preserves the history of a typical prairie newspaper plant and office. Trades Interpreters demonstrate the operation of an 1870 Wharfedale Press, a 1910 linotype, a platen press and other historic equipment. In this full-day workshop, you will spend the day learning how to operate various kinds of equipment, under the guidance of skilled Journeymen. You’ll learn how to set type for a headline, assemble a newspaper page and operate the platen press. Check the conference guide for full details or visit to register.



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ALHFAM Election Results

From ALHFAM Vice-President Tom Kelleher:

“I am pleased to announce the results of the ALHFAM election.

“Judi Sheridan was of course re-elected for another term as our Secretary/Treasurer.

“Elected to the three Board seats:
Del Taylor
Kathy Dickson
Kevin Lynch

“And elected to the one Nominating committee seat:
Kristyn Watts

“I am grateful to Elmer Schulz, Jamie Rigsby, and Leo Goodsell for their willingness to serve the organization.”

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Online Registration for the 2014 Annual Meeting & Conference Now Live!

From Susan Reckseidler, 2014 Conference Chair:

“The on-line registration option for the 2014 Conference is now LIVE and can
be accessed from the ALHFAM website. From there you can either complete
payment via paypal (easiest option) or print a copy of your registration
form and mail it along with a cheque or money order in Canadian funds. The
printed conference guide was mailed on Friday so should be hitting your
mail boxes soon!

“We look forward to welcoming everyone to Calgary in June!”

Go to to get started!

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2014 Annual Conference Update!

The 2014 Conference registration guide will soon be going to print. Thank you to all who submitted session proposals and have contributed to what promises to be a fabulous conference. To whet your appetite, here’s a sneak-peak at one of the optional tours that will be offered on June 21.


Badlands, Dinosaurs and Coal Mines

Head east from Calgary to the world famous Drumheller Valley – home of badlands, dinosaurs and coal mines!   A photo stop at Horseshoe Canyon will take your breath away as you view the beautiful badlands of the Red Deer River.  Explore the Seven Wonders of the Badlands on a scenic short guided hike to uncover how this landscape was formed, look for fossils and wildlife, and hear stories of early Canadian and American dinosaur hunters.  Then step in the doors of the Royal Tyrrell Museum and discover 60 million years of fossil history and one of the world’s largest displays of dinosaurs!  Dive beneath the seas with mososaurs and pleiseosaurs, explore a Devonian reef, step back to the ice age, and be amazed as you walk beside hadrosaurs, horned dinosaurs, raptors and the awe inspiring Tyrannosaurus rex!

After lunch we will continue through the scenic valley, past old mining towns, with a photo stop at the iconic Drumheller hoodoos, before arriving at the nationally designated historic Atlas Coal Mine.  Here, hard work, innovative programming and a grand vision, have brought the old mine back to life.  We will hop on board the vintage mine train to visit the Wash House and Mine Office, immerse ourselves in the life of the miners through hands on activities, take a short jaunt up the last wooden tipple in Canada and then head underground to experience life in the tunnels.  Along the way our dynamic Atlas Interpreter will regale us with real stories of the Drumheller Valley and the men who dug for coal, historic characters can be expected to flag down the train or try to recruit investors to the mine, and we will meet a real life 5th generation miner for stories and Q&A at the end of an amazing day.






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