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

“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”

Interpreting & Plowing & Bookbinding & More

Many great opportunities to learn new skills, meet new people, and see new places are available in the next few months thanks to ALHFAM regional and Professional Interest Group gatherings. Take advantage if you can: The Mid-Atlantic region has put together a fabulous program for their meeting being held April 1-2 at Historic St. Mary's… Continue reading Interpreting & Plowing & Bookbinding & More

Romanticizing the Past?

Last week I blogged about my ALHFAM plow match experience and how it allowed me to experience an "artifact" in a new and thought-provoking way. I believe these experiences help museum professionals interpret the past. The knowledge we gain when we try our hand at a historic skill, using appropriate tools, far surpasses anything we… Continue reading Romanticizing the Past?

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

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?