ALHFAM Annual Meeting & Conference in Baton Rouge–REGISTER NOW!

Registration is now open for the 2016 ALHFAM Annual Meeting and Conference. Join like-minded people at the Rural Life Museum in Baton Rouge, Louisiana from June 12-16. Sign up for the School of the Mule or a field trip to Angola (two of many offerings), visit museums and historic sites including the National WWII Museum… Continue reading ALHFAM Annual Meeting & Conference in Baton Rouge–REGISTER NOW!

Draft Animal Training Scholarships

Calling all farmers (new, historic, museum, and aspiring)! Learn how to use draft horses and oxen in your historic farming programing and to power your farms sustainably and productively. ALHFAM Institutional member Tillers International (Michigan) is offering scholarships that will cover 60% of the tuition cost for many of their draft animal training sessions including:… Continue reading Draft Animal Training Scholarships

“Life in the Slow Lane, Still a Draw for Heritage Fans”

The article Life in the Slow Lane, Still a Draw for Heritage Fans appeared in the New York Times recently (and features a great image of the Frontier Culture Museum). ALHFAM President Tom Kelleher is quoted and our website it linked. It's an interesting and short read. What do you think about the points raised?… Continue reading “Life in the Slow Lane, Still a Draw for Heritage Fans”

Why Every Curator Should Enter a Plowing Match

The plowing match is one of my favorite events at ALHFAM annual meetings/conferences. I wrote the following after a particularly rewarding experience: This summer at the ALHFAM annual meeting I plowed. Granted it was only two furrows in the horse-drawn plowing match, but in my mind, I plowed. I was nervous, as there were lots… Continue reading Why Every Curator Should Enter a Plowing Match

The Forums are Open

An interesting feature on the improved ALHFAM website are the forums. Forums are set up for all of the Professional Interest Groups (PIGs), for the membership at large, and for the MidAtlantic region (regional forums need to be initiated by your regional rep--if your region doesn't have one yet, contact your rep and tell them… Continue reading The Forums are Open

Poultry to Period Clothing: The Bulletin

Poultry flock inspection, blade sheep shearing, English formal gardens in America, heritage potatoes, preservation of period clothing, spinning and weaving, behaviorism applications for tourists . . . What a wonderfully eclectic mix of topics; articles about which are found in just two issues of the Bulletin, ALHFAM's quarterly journal. Every issue I receive has something… Continue reading Poultry to Period Clothing: The Bulletin

New Website Coming

ALHFAM will be unveiling a new and greatly improved website soon. One of the advantages of the new site includes a Membership Management System (MMS). Our Communications team has been hard at work on this project and wants to make every member comfortable with the new site and system. To this end they've created very… Continue reading New Website Coming

ALHFAM Historic Agriculture Resources Map

The ALHFAM Historic Agriculture Resources Map is now live on the ALHFAM website. The map features information about ALHFAM members that have and/or use historic agricultural collections and techniques. This tool was created to help us share our historic agricultural assets with each other and the general public. The map is keyword searchable so if… Continue reading ALHFAM Historic Agriculture Resources Map

Why ALHFAM?

Recently, on the ALHFAM Facebook page and the discussion list (ALHFAM-L), members were asked, "Why ALHFAM?" Why do you join? Why do you renew? Why should others join? The answers so far are not surprising to me: the knowledge base of the members, the willingness to share that knowledge, and the overall congeniality of our… Continue reading Why ALHFAM?