Westward Ho to ALHFAM 2014

During the 2013 ALHFAM annual conference, attendees visited Historic Kirtland Village in Kirtland, Ohio. They toured the restored houses and recreated rural industries (including a potash factory!) all originally built by Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints members between 1831 and 1838. They also toured the Kirtland Temple, built by Joseph Smith, Jr. and his followers and now a National Historic Landmark owned and operated by the Community of Christ Church.

It seems fitting that my trek west for ALHFAM 2014 included a refresher on Ohio history and sites, compliments of the LDS Church History Museum in Salt Lake City, Utah. I had a delightful visit with Tiffany Bowles, museum educator and graduate of EIU’s Historical Administration program. She toured me through the Church History Museum’s permanent exhibit, A Covenant Restored. The museum will close for a year starting October 2014 to replace this exhibit. Tiffany has been working with her colleagues preparing for the major project. Some iconic artifacts that will reappear in the new installation include a window from the Kirtland Temple which ALHFAMers saw at the 2013 conference (WindowKirtlandTemple-SLC-ChurchHistoryMuseumJune18-2014) and the printing press from Palmyra, New York that produced the first type-set Book of Mormon (TiffanyPalmyraPress-LDSChurchHistoryMuseumLOWRES18June2014).

In homage to Mormon history and in deference to hunger pains, we walked through Temple Square on a beautiful sunny and cool June Tuesday and ate in the restaurant in the basement of Brigham Young’s home, The Lion House, built in 1856 (adjacent to the Beehive House in downtown Salt Lake City) (TiffanyandDeb-LionHouseLowRes-June18-2014). The rhubarb pie convinced me that I had to find Brock Cheney’s history of Mormon foods (Plain and Wholesome: Foodways of the Mormon Pioneers, University of Utah Press, 2012), well worth the effort.

Many more treats await near Salt Lake City, including This is the Place Heritage Park (aka Old Deseret, the location of an ALHFAM regional conference back in the early 1990s), and Antelope Island State Park, but time is wasting and Calgary calling.

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ALHFAM-L Discussion list issue resolved

The ALHFAM-L is up and running again. Thanks for your patience while these issues were resolved.

Martha Katz-Hyman
ALHFAM Communications Manager
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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
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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)cherryvalley.com] to discuss your proposed article.

Thank you!

Martha Katz-Hyman
ALHFAM Communications Manager
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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 http://www.alhfam.org/index.php?cat_id=100&nav_tree=99%2C100 to register.

Martha Katz-Hyman
ALHFAM Communications Manager

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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 www.alhfam.org 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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