Women’s Rights, Niagara Falls, Museum Hack, Jell-O, and a 19th Century Country Village (all in one conference)

Can you believe these are just a few of the spokes in the wheel that will be the  ALHFAM 2017 Annual Meeting and Conference? Honestly, I'm ready to go based on just this alone. However, as we all know, ALHFAM conferences feature so much more: hands-on training and workshops, interesting and engaging sessions, and excellent… Continue reading Women’s Rights, Niagara Falls, Museum Hack, Jell-O, and a 19th Century Country Village (all in one conference)

The ALHFAM Ag Map is Growing!

Have you checked out the ALHFAM Historic Agriculture Resources Map? If not, you should. Available for about a year, the map continues to expand and include more resources. The map features information about ALHFAM members that have and/or use historic agricultural collections and techniques. It was created to help us share our historic agricultural assets… Continue reading The ALHFAM Ag Map is Growing!

Making the Most of the Maker Movement

As one of those rapidly aging Baby Boomers, inventing and building things were staples of my childhood. Sure, we had TV (but only one), but Mom would throw us out of the house after a couple of hours of Saturday morning cartoons with instructions to “Go do something.” We had grand adventures exploring the creek,… Continue reading Making the Most of the Maker Movement

Ideas on Preserving and Sharing Collections

While ALHFAM is not an exhibit-oriented organization, some of its members deal with collections on a daily basis whether it is storage, care, loan or exhibition. Pieces from collections are used as patterns to reproduce that item so that it might, in some sense, provide an “up close and personal” experience for visitors when the… Continue reading Ideas on Preserving and Sharing Collections

Promoting ALHFAM “in the Field”

I realize the title of this blog could confuse. It is quite logical, given our organization's mission, that I might literally be referring to promoting ALHFAM in a field. However, in this case I'm speaking of the larger "museum field" at the American Association for State and Local History conference last week. Still bountiful but… Continue reading Promoting ALHFAM “in the Field”

Is Your Site a Super Collider?

I recently came across a TED talk that combines my inner science nerd with my history nerd.  I have long been a follower of the exciting work taking place at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, but never had it crossed my mind that experiments there could be related to my history… Continue reading Is Your Site a Super Collider?

For the Love of Regionals

Ask any ALHFAMer what they like most about the organization, and nine times out of ten, the answer is sure to be “the conferences,” which provide a chance to learn new skills, share ideas with like-minded folks, and experience new places. Regional conferences help to widen our reach, introducing sites to the magic of ALHFAM,… Continue reading For the Love of Regionals

Pokémon GO! Boon or Bust?

https://www.facebook.com/LivingHistoryFarms/photos/a.176584139104.114535.56222659104/10154332595479105/?type=3 Google "Pokémon GO + Museums" and you'll see numerous articles/blog postings touting the game as a boon to museums. You'll also see stories of museums and historic sites discouraging its use due to the nature of their subject matter. Many museums are actively promoting use of the game at their sites (the image above… Continue reading Pokémon GO! Boon or Bust?