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Regional Conferences

Regional meetings and conferences bring the ALHFAMily together for intra-region gatherings and allow for more organizational interaction within a smaller geographical area.

Check the Upcoming listings below to see which conferences are coming up soon in your area, or which place outside your region you would like to visit and attend a meeting.

When the registration period is open for each conference you will be able to register on-line via this website (MOMCC conferences attendees will register via the MOMCC website).


    • 02 Mar 2018
    • 04 Mar 2018
    • Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, GA

    This conference has been cancelled.

    Seeds of Change: Cultivating Transformation at Your Site
    Southeast ALHFAM Regional Conference
    March 2-4, 2018
    Atlanta, Georgia

    Download the Call for Paper here. Registration is open -- click on the "Register" button to the left to begin.
    Download conference information displayed below as a PDF.

    The humble seed, limited to the soil, sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide available wherever it lands, must adapt to its conditions to persist into the next generation, or perish. Heirloom varieties of every shape, size, color, earliness, pest resistance or hardiness display the fruits of our human fascination with these adaptations. Like our ancestors cultivating the heirloom seeds and heritage breeds many of us preserve today, history practitioners, and the institutions in which we present history, must grow and transform in pursuit of relevance, community impact, and sustainability.

    Seeds of Change: Cultivating Transformation at Your Site is about cultivating new audiences, innovative interpretation, and considering new content and methods within our institutions, programming, and communities. As time passes, we make discoveries, face new challenges, adapt to changing audience needs, and continue to strive for excellence. Just as we continuously select for the most vigorous plant cultivars for our environment, museums must transform and adapt in order to remain relevant to our communities. How can we inspire transformation within our institutions and communities?

    Join us in Atlanta for SEALHFAM 2018!  The Atlanta History Center is a 33-acre experience that features award-winning exhibitions, three historic houses, seven enchanting gardens representing themes in Atlanta’s landscape history, interactive activities, and a variety of year-round adult and family programs. Atlanta is an international hub for business, transportation, and cultural growth. It is home to a wide variety of museums, historic sites, and cultural institutions. While here, you can see the Atlanta Botanical Garden; Center for Civil and Human Rights; Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site; Fernbank Museum of Natural History; Center for Puppetry Arts; Bremen Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum; High Museum of Art, and more!


    The official hotel for 2018 SEALHFAM Conference will be Staybridge Suites - Atlanta/Buckhead. The hotel rate is $133.00/ night + 16% tax + $5.00 hotel tax. Please call the hotel to book your room using the rate code “SEALHFAM”. 

    Staybridge Suites - Atlanta/Buckhead
    540 Pharr Road, Atlanta, GA 30305

    Hotel amenities include breakfast buffet, Wi-Fi, and complimentary onsite parking.

    Airport shuttle service to hotel is not offered—services like Lyft or Uber are great options and costs range from $25.00-$35.00 one way. Public transportation from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is available through MARTA and costs are as low as $3.50. 


    Hartsfield- Jackson Atlanta International Airport to Staybridge Suites – Atlanta/ Buckhead

    Take train
    Time in transit: 32 minutes

    18 minutes to hotel
    Staybridge Suites – Atlanta/Buckhead
    540 Pharr Road Atlanta, GA 30305

    • Head southwest on Peachtree Road - 0.4 mi
    • Turn LEFT on to Maple Drive Northeast - 0.4 mi
    • Turn LEFT onto Pharr Road Northeast - 141 ft
    • Staybridge Suites – Atlanta/ Buckhead will be on the left

    The hotel is located less than one mile from the Atlanta History Center. Shuttle service will be available through Staybridge Suites – Atlanta/ Buckhead on a first-come, first-served basis—walking, rideshare options, and carpooling is also encouraged.


    All sessions and workshops TBD

    Friday March 2, 2018

    9:15 am – 10:30          Sessions and Workshops
                                        Two to three concurrent sessions

    10:45 am – 12:00        Sessions and Workshops
                                        Two to three concurrent sessions

    12:00 pm                     LUNCH and Business meeting

    1:30 pm                       Tours of Atlanta History Center: Atlanta Cyclorama, 
                                        Goizueta Gardens, Exhibitions, Kenan Research Center, 
                                        Historic Houses, Cherokee Garden Library

    4:30 pm                       MIXER until 6:30
                                        Light hors d’oeuvres provided, cash bar

    Saturday March 3, 2018

    9:15 am – 10:30          Sessions and Workshops
                                        Two to three concurrent sessions

    10:45 am – 12:00        Sessions and Workshops
                                        Two to three concurrent sessions

    12:00p                         LUNCH

    1:30 pm – 2:45            Sessions and Workshops
                                        Two to three concurrent sessions

    3:15 pm – 4:30            Sessions and Workshops
                                        Two to three concurrent sessions
                                        Offsite tours TBA

    6:00 pm – 9:00            BANQUET
                                        Keynote Speaker TBA
                                        Dinner provided, cash bar

    Sunday March 4, 2018

    9:15 am – 10:30          Sessions and Workshops
                                        Two to three concurrent sessions

    10:45 am – 12:00        Sessions and Workshops
                                        Two to three concurrent sessions

    • 08 Mar 2018
    • 10 Mar 2018
    • Shakopee, MN

    Visit the MOMCC website for more information and to register.

    • 13 Apr 2018
    • 15 Apr 2018
    • Augusta, Maine

    Sharing Partnerships in Preservation and Presentation of New England History
    ALHFAM Regional Conference
    April 13-15, 2018
    Augusta, Maine

    >> Download the Save the Date flyer here

    Friday April 13

    Cohen Community Center, 22 Town Farm Rd, Hallowell, ME 04347

    Registration: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

    Tours and Workshops: 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. Must sign up in advance as space is limited, details and sign-ups will be sent out after you register.

    • Guided Tours: Freeport Historical Society’s Pettengill Farm, Granite Tour of Hallowell, ME
    • Workshops: Outdoor Fire Building, Flint Knapping, Sewing a Warm Hood

    Friday Dinner: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Pizza party and Beer Swap. Bring a few bottles of your favorite local to share, and try out some of New England’s newest offerings.

    Saturday, April 14

    Norlands Living History Center, 290 Norlands Rd, Livermore, ME 04253

    Registration: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Tea and snacks will be available at both 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

    Break-out Sessions: 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    • Session 1: 9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. Farm Animals and History Museums, 19thCentury Medicines, Museums vs. Reenactors
    • Session 2: 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. Interpretive Planning Process, Plimoth Plantation’s Worker’s Union
    • Session 3, Round Tables: 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Round Tables: Suffrage History and Contemporary Issues, Museums and Independent Contractors.

    Lunch: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Washburn-Norlands Living History Center

    Tours, Interactive Performances, and Workshops: 1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

    • All Afternoon Workshop: Making Ice Cream
    • Afternoon Session 1: 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tour the Washburn family Mansion, Quilt Piecing Workshop, Performance: The Washburn Family.
    • Afternoon Session 2: 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tour the Washburn Family Mansion, Library Open, Performance: Country Schooling, Dance Practice Workshop.

    Old-Fashioned New England Dinner: 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

    19th Century Barn Dance and Silent Auction: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    Sunday, April 15

    Vaughan Woods and Historic Homestead, 2 Litchfield Rd, Hallowell, ME 0434

    Tours: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    Vaughan family in Maine, Vaughan Homestead Becomes a Museum, Vaughan Woods

    Conference Wrap-Up and ALHFAM NE Business Meeting (location TBA): 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

    Lunch: 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (location TBA)

    End of Conference: 1:30 p.m.

    Hotel accommodations at:
    Homewood Suites by Hilton
    377 Western Ave., Augusta, ME 04330
    Tel: 207-480-2050
    Request the discounted rate with this group code: ALH. 
    Booking Link.


    ALHFAM Member, Early Bird: $85 
    Non-member, Early Bird: $115 (includes year-long membership)
    Early Bird pricing ends March 15, 2018.

    ALHFAM Member: $95
    Non-member: $125 (includes year-long membership)

    Saturday Evening Only: $45 (Bring your S.O. or for volunteers)

    Registration price includes Friday Dinner Pizza Party (BYOB); Saturday Coffee breaks, Lunch and Dinner (cash bar), and Sunday Lunch. Does not include hotel (though the one we booked does include hot breakfast) or Friday lunch.

    Sign-ups for workshops and tours will be emailed out closer to the event.

    For more information, email Alena Shellenbean at ashellenbean@strawberybanke.org.

    • 26 Oct 2018
    • 27 Oct 2018
    • Trenton, NJ

    The 2018 ALHFAM Mid-Atlantic Skills Workshop and Regional Meeting will be held in Trenton, NJ at the Old Barracks, Howell Living History Farm, and other nearby sites on October 26 & 27, 2018. This is a new format and we’re excited - more details coming soon!

    • 01 Nov 2018
    • 04 Nov 2018
    • Tacoma, Washington

    The2018 Western Regional ALHFAM Conference will be held at Fort Nisqually in Tacoma, WA November 1-4, 2018. Stay tuned for more information.

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