Where We've Been and Where We're Going
The 2016 Mid-Atlantic ALHFAM Conference will be held April 1-3 2016. Hosted by Historic St. Mary's City (HSMC)
Program Summary: Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC) will be celebrating the 50th anniversary
of its establishment in 2016 and we would like you all to be a part of it. To help celebrate, let’s
look back at how living history developed over the last fifty years and consider where we think
our field is going.
Historic St. Mary’s City is located on 800 acres of the most beautiful landscape in the Mid-Atlantic, atop one of the best preserved English colonial archaeological sites in North America.
HSMC has been recognized as a National Historic Landmark since 1969 and is one of Southern Maryland’s leading tourism attractions. Our museum of living history and archaeology
commemorates the fourth permanent English settlement in North America and Maryland’s first capital.
Possible Topics for Proposals:
- What are things that your site has done in the past that pushed living history forward to where it is now?
- Have you tried things that don’t work? What are some of the pitfalls or challenges you faced that translate to words of wisdom for new professionals in the field?
- How do you see living history being a part of the visitor experience in the future? How do we make living history a sustainable way to learn and teach about the past during hard economic conditions?
- Does digital technology have a place in living history?
Proposal Submission: We invite individual or group submissions for 45 or 90 minute sessions addressing any of the above questions or any topic that reflects on past lessons, how to address future audiences and possible challenges, or new topics to explore in living history.
Whole and half day hands on workshops are also encouraged. To help prime the living history pump for workshops, there are two hearths available plus two outdoor domestic areas for cooking and/or dyeing cloth. HSMC has plenty of space for teaching any number of topics, interpretive modalities and the use of black powder and archery skills.
Deadline for Submission is: December 1, 2015
Download the Poster & Submission Form