The last couple of posts to grace this little corner of the interwebs have been focused on conferences, both past and future. They've gotten me reminiscing about the many ALHFAM conferences that I've attended over the years and I started thinking about all the things I've learned and friends I've made as a result of… Continue reading Friends made and things learned
Author: Derrick Birdsall
The Walking Dead meets ALHFAM?
No... I'm not referring to that early morning session on the last day of an ALHFAM conference after a very long night! For those folks that are fans of the hit TV Show The Walking Dead, you may have picked up a connection between the series and ALHFAM. In a recent episode, the survivors of… Continue reading The Walking Dead meets ALHFAM?
The "R" word... revisionist history. There, I've said it. While I do believe that there are people who clearly do revise history to serve their own needs - we cannot overlook the fact that as new things are learned - interpretation of "our" history will, by its very nature, change. I couldn't help but think… Continue reading Revising History
Touching the past
I've been doing the museum thing for some time now; just about mid-way through my 3rd decade in the museum world. That being said, it's really nice to get a reminder every now and then of just what got me started in this field well over 20 years ago. Here at the Historical Park, we've… Continue reading Touching the past
For those of you who attended the 2012 Annual Meeting at Farmers Branch, Texas - you might recall the cornerstone of our park, the 1856 Gilbert House. Over time, our staff has been noticing some potential issues with the foundation of the house and to ensure that the Gilbert House makes it through another 160… Continue reading Hidden Treasures
Site Visit – Colonial Williamsburg
It's always a treat to be able to explore the grounds of Colonial Williamsburg - there's so much to see! A somewhat new annual tradition (relatively speaking) is the annual plowing match. Ed Schultz had a great crew on hand to help those folks who wanted to participate: The highlight of the day for me… Continue reading Site Visit – Colonial Williamsburg
Pre conference workshops, seeing the alhfamily again
A great day of learning and seeing new things and old friends. For me (Derrick), one of the great things about the annual get together is the site visits and workshops on the day before the "official" conference starts. For me, I went along on the Civil War tour with two outstanding guides in Willie… Continue reading Pre conference workshops, seeing the alhfamily again
And…… We’re off! 2015 Annual gathering begins.
It has been a few years since the ALHFAM annual meeting has been held at Colonial Williamsburg but the 2015 edition formally starts today with site visits and pre conference workshops. We'll be updating as time allows!
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,… Continue reading Conference Update!
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… Continue reading 2014 Annual Conference Update!