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

    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.

    • 11 Mar 2018
    • Shelburne, VT

    Join Shelburne Farms and the Farm-Based Education Network March 9-11 in Shelburne Vermont for a fun, farm-based education workshop! The forest, farm and children's farmyard will be our classroom as we gather ideas and inspiration from all kinds of programs. Financial assistance is available. View agenda, learn more and register https://shelburnefarms.org/calendar/event/abcs-of-farm-based-education-march-2018

    • 23 Mar 2018
    • 25 Mar 2018
    • Dover, DE

    First Person Interpreters Retreat
    John Dickinson Plantation
    Dover, DE
    March 23-25, 2018

    ALHFAM members Gloria Henry and Vertie Lee of the John Dickinson Plantation will be our hostesses for the upcoming George Chapman Memorial First Person Interpreters Retreat, in Dover, Delaware, March 23-25, 2018. Location of the retreat is mainly in buildings of the historic district of Dover, Delaware, with off-site visits. 

    Registration will be through the ALHFAM website and will open January 15th. The early-bird cost for the weekend retreat is $75, which includes the Friday evening reception and tour, Saturday morning sessions, snacks, boxed lunch, afternoon Plenary and evening keynote program. Additional costs will be the hotel (information coming soon), and the optional gourmet Festival Buffet at Dover Downs prior to the Keynote presentation. Non-ALHFAM member early-bird cost is $105. 

    In the works is a fabulous retreat for novices as well as experienced first person interpreters. Here are some highlights we are working on:

    • On Friday afternoon, there will be FREE pre-conference tours of the Delaware Division of Cultural Affairs Collections Facility, or the Delaware Public Archives. There will be a reception, "meet and greet", and free Lantern Light tour of the historic green that evening.
    • On Saturday, we will have two tracks of sessions in the morning: Novice and Advanced. Topics will include Getting Started; Business 101 for the independent; and All In, a comprehensive overview of the planning, challenges and successes of First Person Interpretation.
    • Both tracks join in for lunch and the plenary sessions in the afternoon, creating a junior interpretive program at an historic site, and Adverse Reaction Management Plan (this will cover those very difficult interactions and topics that face interpreters across the spectrum.
    • We are very excited to bring in the American Antiquarian Society's first person presentation Isaiah Thomas: Patriot Printer (1749-1831) as the Keynote program, to top off our dinner event at Dover Downs. We will experience the program and then get to talk to the interpreter, Neil Gustafson, as well as the writer/director of the work, Jim Moran.
    • On Sunday it will be your chance to strut your stuff, with two concurrent sessions, for Novice and Advanced, where we can experience each others work and give feedback and support.
    • The retreat will finish with a solid 90-minute round table to share, ask questions and get inspiration.

    Session leaders / presenters confirmed so far are:

    • Gloria Henry, Vertie Lee, John Dickinson Plantation
    • Tom Kellher, Old Sturbridge Village
    • Ron Carnegie, Colonial Williamsburg
    • Kandie Carle, Gillette Castle State Park
    • Colin Adams-Toomey, First State Heritage Park
    • Neil Gustafson & Jim Moran, American Antiquarian Society
    • Maddie Biehl, Strawberry Banke

    Please contact Kandie Carle at Kelrac@comcast.net with questions.

    • 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

    Call for proposals! 
    We are looking for presenters of: hands-on-workshops, discussion groups, and presentations for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. If interested please email ashellenbean@strawberybanke.org by January 20, 2018.

    Locations will include:
    Norlands Living History Center
    290 Norlands Rd, Livermore, ME 04253

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

    Freeport Historical Society’s Pettengill Farm
    31 Pettengill Rd, Freeport, ME 04032

    Hotel accommodations at:
    Homewood Suites by Hilton
    377 Western Ave., Augusta, ME 04330
    Tel: 207-480-2050

    Registration will be open from February 1 to March 25, pricing TBA

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

    • 01 Jun 2018
    • 05 Jun 2018
    • Tahlequah, Oklahoma

    More information will be available soon!

    • 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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