ALHFAM 2015 Annual Meeting & Conference Preliminary Program and Registration

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I am very happy to let everyone know that the preliminary program and registration
for the 2015 ALHFAM Annual Meeting in Williamsburg is now available via the ALHFAM

Please note the following:

1. The program is subject to change in terms of when specific sessions take place. We are still making adjustments to the schedule. We will not have more detailed descriptions of
the sessions for several weeks as we need to contact presenters to make sure that their descriptions are still current.

2. Daily registration is available at $150/day. There are some restrictions connected with daily registration, so be sure to read the information carefully.

3. We will have the full-day workshop with the Virginia Association of Museums that is described in the program, but registration will be made separate from conference registration. This is due to technical issues, and once that function is set up, I will let everyone know.

4. Once you have finished registering and have completed the process, you cannot go back into the website and make changes. You must call William and Mary Conference Services to make any changes or adjustments.

5. If you have any questions or concerns, please send them to the conference e-mail address, which I check daily. It is

6. You must be an ALHFAM member to register at the member rate. If you are not a member, go to and become a member now!

We look forward to seeing you in June!

Martha Katz-Hyman
Program Chair
2015 ALHFAM Annual Meeting and Conference
ALHFAM – 2015 Colonial Willamsburg

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Apply Now for the ALHFAM Fellowship for the Annual Meeting!

If you need financial help in attending this year’s ALHFAM Annual Meeting and Conference in Williamsburg, why not apply for the ALHFAM Fellowship!

Eligible candidates must meet ALL of the following qualifications:

  • you or your institution are a member of ALHFAM
  • you have not received a fellowship to an ALHFAM conference in the last five years

Fellowships for the 2015 ALHFAM National Conference being held June 19-23 at Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA will cover conference registration (early-bird member rate) and provide funds to cover lodging at the conference site.  The deadline for application is March 1, 2015.

Application Guidelines Flyer

Questions? Contact ALHFAM Fellowship Committee chair Lauren McCormack.

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2015 Annual Meeting Preview!

In response to many requests, here are preliminary details of the annual meeting so that you can plan now to be in Williamsburg, Virginia, this coming June!

We are working to get registration information up on the conference website by mid-February. There will be no registration booklet this year but each registrant will get the final program booklet, location details, etc., when they check in. Don’t worry: there will be many announcements when the website is live, and there will be a link on the ALHFAM home page to the registration page. There will be a postcard sent to each member with information on how to register.

Housing will be at The College of William & Mary. If registrants don’t want to stay there, there are many, many hotels and motels in the area at all price points, but there will not be a block of rooms reserved for meeting attendees.

Full conference registration is $425, which includes all conference meals and site visits. Rooms at William and Mary will be $48/night single and $37/night double. There will be an additional $15 one-time linen fee. All rooms have WiFi. Housing details will be on the conference website, including what will be in each room and what you might want to bring to make your stay more comfortable.

We welcome those who offer products to the museum and living history communities, and we’re planning special ways to encourage attendees to visit you. If you are interested in being a vendor, please contact Jonathan Hallman at for details.

The pre-conference/professional workshops and field trips will be Friday, June 19th, with the exception of the Farmers Boot Camp, which will be Thursday and Friday, June 18-19.

Four pre-conference field trips or tours are planned. All of them will have minimums and maximums, and all will have fees in addition to the conference registration. This information will be on the conference website. Here are short descriptions of each of them:
1. Peninsula Civil War Tour that includes visits to Fort Monroe, the Mariners Museum (see the Monitor turret!) and the Battle of Williamsburg.

2. Gloucester County Architecture Archaeology Tour that includes Rosewell, Fairfield and Werowocomoco, the residence of the paramount chief Powhatan, father of Pocohontas, and center of the Powhatan chiefdom during the early 1600s. The site is owned privately and will be available to us by special arrangement.

3. Southside Virginia Rural Life Tour in Surry County that includes visits to Bacon’s Castle (the only surviving High Jacobean structure and the oldest brick dwelling in the United States), Smith’s Fort Plantation (both owned by Preservation Virginia) and Chippokes Plantation State Park, which has a great collection of agricultural equipment and agricultural machinery. The trip will include a ferry ride across the James River.

4. Behind the Scenes Tour of the Wallace Collections and Conservation Building, part of  the Bruton Heights Educational Center at Colonial Williamsburg. This will be a special tour for ALHFAM only and not one of the regular tours of the Bruton Heights complex offered for CW visitors.

The Program Committee is still working on the selection of the workshops. We anticipate making those decisions by the end of this month. However, I can tell you that we are working on a full-day workshop for administrators focusing how to make the transition from an all-volunteer organization to one that has paid staff smother, and to helping board members transition from being an operational board (that is, one that does all of the work) to a being governing board (one that sets policy, etc.). We are doing this in cooperation with the Virginia Association of Museums, who will be facilitating the workshop.

The opening reception will be at Colonial Williamsburg’s Coach and Livestock facility–you won’t want to miss it!

Brief schedule:

Saturday, June 20th: Sessions at William & Mary; annual business meeting; Town Hall meeting; evening program (TBD)

Sunday, June 21st: Colonial Williamsburg site visit day. There will be special programs, demonstrations, etc., that will be advertised only to meeting attendees but will be available to regular visitors (as we had last year in Calgary), and some that will be only for ALHFAM. The plowing match is planned for this day. Sunday evening: Auction!! Plan now to bring great stuff and to buy, buy, buy! All proceeds go to ALHFAM’s Fellowship Fund.

Monday, June 22nd: Sessions at William & Mary; Presidential Banquet & Fashion Show

Tuesday, June 23rd: Yorktown & Jamestown site visit day. We’ll spend the morning in Yorktown, with visits to the NPS Yorktown Battlefield and to the Yorktown Victory Center (soon to be the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown). We’ll travel down the Colonial Parkway to Jamestown, with box lunches at Historic Jamestowne, and special tours of the excavations, collections, etc. Mid-afternoon we’ll go to the nearby Jamestown Settlement, with visits to the museum and outdoor interpretive areas as well as Town Ball. That evening, we’ll party on the pier overlooking the James River as the sun sets!!

If you have questions, please send them to me at; I’ll be happy to answer them.

We look forward to seeing you in Williamsburg in June!

Martha Katz-Hyman
Program Chair
2015 ALHFAM Annual Meeting

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Call for Papers, 2015 ALHFAM Annual Meeting

The deadline for proposals for the 2015 ALHFAM Annual Meeting is fast approaching!

Proposals may address any facet of living history or museum work, but those with a special emphasis within the general conference theme of “Doing & Telling: A Living History Toolbox” will be given preference.

The call for papers is available on the ALHFAM website.,117,384

The proposal form this year is a PDF that you can fill in, save, and then e-mail to us at

Proposals are due December 1, 2014.

We look forward to seeing you June 19-23, 2015, in Williamsburg!

Martha Katz-Hyman
Program Committee Chair
2015 ALHFAM Annual Meeting & Conference
Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums
An organization of people who bring history to life

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Annual ALHFAM Regional Auction is Here!

The annual ALHFAM regional online auction is on! There are already a few items listed, but many more donations are needed to make this fun as well as beneficial to the regions.

Make your donations now, and bid through Sunday, December 7th!


–50% of the selling price goes to the Region whose member donates the item

–50% goes to the region whose member wins the item

–100% of the proceeds go to a region when the both donor and successful bidder are members (or guests) of that region.

There’s more information on the ALHFAM website at Just follow the links for more information and directions on how to donate an auction and item and how to bid. You do not have to be an ALHFAM member to participate–but we hope you’ll join!

Bid early and bid often!

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Join Us for the 2015 ALHFAM Annual Meeting in Williamsburg, Virginia, June 19-23.

The 2015 ALHFAM Annual Meeting conference committee is hard at work planning this coming year’s events, including the site visit days. On Sunday, June 21st, we’ll spend the day at Colonial Williamsburg, with special programming (some just for annual meeting attendees), and on Tuesday, we’ll split the day between Yorktown and Jamestown. In Yorktown we’ll visit the Yorktown Battlefield as well as the forthcoming American Revolution Museum at Yorktown (currently the Yorktown Victory Center). In Jamestown we’ll go to Historic Jamestowne (the island) and see what’s been uncovered in the 14 years since ALHFAM was last here. The day will end with a visit to Jamestown Settlement and dinner and entertainment on the pier overlooking the James River!

Go to for this year’s theme and to submit your own proposal.

Remember, proposals are due on December 1st!

There’s much more in store for you at the 2015 annual meeting! Hope to see you there!

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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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