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 http://arc.alhfam.org/Register to get started!
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.
From 2014 Annual Meeting chair Susan Reckseidler:
Here’s a video from Travel Alberta to give you a taste of Heritage Park! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVH30kqCFNQ
The ALHFAM Auction ends today! It’s your last chance to bid on a great variety of food, clothing, books and other interesting stuff!
Go to http://www.alhfamauction.org and bid now!!
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There is still time to get your bid in on that gift for someone special or acquire a needed book for yourself or your site in ALHFAM’s Handmade ~ Homegrown ~ Hands-On Regional Auction.
Just added: 5 pounds of Whitley’s peanuts from the Whitley Peanut Factory in Hayes, Virginia. These are the good ones, enjoyed by the board at their June meeting–and now you can enjoy them, too!! Also up for bid: Shortbread (yum), a case of 12 bottles of maple syrup (double yum!), and lots of books and candy!
Go to http://alhfamauction.org/Welcome.aspx, log on, and bid!!
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Do you need financial assistance to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting and Conference in Calgary? Why not apply for the ALHFAM Fellowship? Download the guidelines and application from the ALHFAM website: http://www.alhfam.org/index.php?cat_id=365#732
Deadline for Application: March 1, 2014.
The deadline for proposals is fast approaching!
Western Canada has always been a land of entrepreneurs, innovators and risk takers. From early explorers like David Thompson, to the settlers and ranchers who came from all over, they came with little, endured hardships and created a thriving province by sheer will, toil and a “can-do” attitude. What better place to discuss innovation and risk taking in interpretation and living history.
To survive and flourish in this ever-changing world, living history institutions are challenged to remain relevant as they seek new audiences and sources of funding. What innovative ideas have proven successful at your site? How do we “sell” the business of living history? What lessons can be learned from the innovators of the past? Come share your ideas with friends and colleagues!
Proposals are due December 1, 2013 and can be emailed to: ALHFAM2014@heritagepark.ca
photo credit: Heritage Park Historical Village