An Anarchist’s Guide to Historic House Museums

I just finished reading An Anarchist's Guide to Historic House Museums. This is not a review. Whether or not you agree with many of the ideas espoused, it is thought-provoking. I do unabashedly love the idea of the Anarchist tags. They are brilliant and should be carried around by anyone who cares about and visits… Continue reading An Anarchist’s Guide to Historic House Museums

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

Interpretation: The International Bibliographic Database of Living History

Recent discussion on ALHFAM-L (ALHFAM's email discussion list) about living history bibliographies led to one of our members from the Netherlands sharing this: Interpretation: The International Bibliographic Database of Living History. Even though the database is supported by ALHFAM and NAI (National Association for Interpretation) and affiliated with IMTAL (International Museum Theatre Alliance), it was… Continue reading Interpretation: The International Bibliographic Database of Living History

What is an ALHFAM PIG?

Good question. Logic would dictate that it is a heritage breed being carefully preserved at one of the ALHFAM member historic sites. Not the case. In ALHFAM, PIG = Professional Interest Group. There are many and they do important work. ALHFAM Professional Interest Groups give members the opportunity to explore and share information on specific… Continue reading What is an ALHFAM PIG?

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?

The Historical Fashion Show

A favorite ALHFAM banquet entertainment is the historical fashion show.  The good research and careful craftsmanship of creating reproduction historical clothing of our members and their sites is on display. The clothing and textile folks are in seventh heaven. Its always fun to see what time periods and regions are represented.  More of the 20th… Continue reading The Historical Fashion Show