by Jessica Michonski Monticello Gardens, photo by the author To visit the home of a historical figure is always an experience to be partaken…especially for a historian. In July 2019, I had the privilege to visit Monticello – Jefferson’s estate in the mountains of Virginia – while on vacation with my family. I was enthralled… Continue reading Farmer Tom…Forgotten?
by Mike Smola Moses Goods portraying Henry ʻŌpūkahaʻiaPhoto Credit: Gina Maeda Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives has spent the last eight years developing a very successful History Theater program through our Oʻahu Cemetery Pupu Theatre program. These are first-person, scripted portrayals of actual historical figures from Hawaiian history. The last several years of… Continue reading Have Actors, Will Travel!: Reconnecting Hawaiʻi and New England through the Humanities
Excerpt of an article written by Clarissa F. Dillon, 2003, Past Masters in Early American Domestic Arts, Haverford, Pennsylvania. ALHFAM members can access the full text of this article and thousands more though the A.S.K. database. Not a member? Join today! There are many reasons why some colonial cooks are faced with sites that won't… Continue reading Colonial Cooking: When THEY Won’t Let You Use the Hearth
Written by Jamie Rigsby, Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2010. ALHFAM members can access the full text of this article and thousands more though the A.S.K. database. Not a member? Join today! Few museums or living history sites have conservators on staff. Therefore, the first line of defense to prevent or suspend damage to artifacts are… Continue reading The Safe Handling of Objects
On the final day of the 2018 ALHFAM conference one of our final stops will be the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch near Oologah, Oklahoma. As the name suggests, the ranch is the birthplace of famed cowboy humorist Will Rogers. However, well before Will Rogers was entertaining the country on stage, in newspapers, over the radio,… Continue reading Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch
ALHFAM member Martha Katz-Hyman brought an article about marketing gift memberships during the holidays to my attention. The article from The History List gives helpful tips on how to make museum memberships attractive as gifts. It also suggests that Monday of Christmas week be branded as #MembershipMonday I like the ideas the article promotes and… Continue reading #MembershipMonday
Notes from the field..... From President Debra Reid: Coming to you from Nevada City, Montana. . . the Tri-regional conference (Mountain-Plains, West, and Western Canada) has launched with 68 registrants and sites with collections that make a curator drool. Kay Cynova, Mountain-Plains regional representative, came a day early to get over the shock of such… Continue reading Tri Regional update!
Enjoy this little preview of the Bar U Ranch from Conference Chair Susan Reckseidler: The second stop on our trip through the rolling foothills of Southern Alberta will be the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site. The Bar U Ranch was one of a small group of large corporate ranches in western Canada. Established in… Continue reading 2014 Conference Update – Bar U Ranch
More images and thoughts from ALHFAM's President Dr. Debra Reid as her trek across Estonia continues.... June 26, 2013 – Gardens at the Estonian Open Air Museum The Estonian Open Air Museum concentrates its efforts on two gardens (based on my observations during my visit on June 25). The museum fulfills its interpretive goal by… Continue reading Scenes from the Road… part II
In an upcoming series of blog posts, ALHFAM President, Dr. Debra Reid, updates us on her travels and experiences across the pond in Estonia: Coming to you from Tallinn, Estonia, 22:31 Estonia time; 14:31 Central Daylight Time In 1998 I attended my first congress of the International Agriculture Museums Association (AIMA) in Poznan, Poland. Fifteen years… Continue reading Scenes from the Road