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The Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM) is an international organization serving the interests and needs of its individual and institutional members and supporting experiential interpretations of history.

ALHFAM is incorporated in the State of Maryland as a non-profit tax-exempt (501[c][3])
organization, and is governed by a member-elected Board in accordance with member-approved bylaws.

ALHFAM draws its membership from a broad spectrum of individuals and organizations involved in the collection, preservation or interpretation of material culture, traditional skills and historical processes. Members include volunteers, reenactors, institutional staff and vendors of goods or services. ALHFAM’s original focus on farming and agriculture has expanded to embrace disciplines from architecture to zymurgy and many in between. ALHFAM maintains, and seeks to expand relationships with other museum, historical and interpretive organizations with related interests.

Services provided to members include publications, conferences, specialized instructional programs, electronic media, including a website and listserv, and support for regional affiliates. ALHFAM services assist members in fulfilling their professional responsibilities and improving the quality of their public offerings.

The Mission of ALHFAM

The Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM) shares practical knowledge and skills among those who make history relevant to contemporary lives. We draw strength from our diverse network of members, sharing experience, research and passion for participatory learning.

 

 





ALHFAMer and curator with the Jamestown–Yorktown Foundation in Williamsburg, VA., Martha Katz-Hyman was featured in a story about her presentation on slave live at Stratford Hall on Saturday, February 22, 2014. The story in the Fredericksburg, VA  paper, The Free Lance-Star, can be seen in this online edition - Fredericksburg.com 


ALHFAM member Carol Lopez, site manager for Casa San Ysidro in Albuquerque NM., was featured in a KASA Channel 2 News show on Jan.22, 2104. See the interview online.


ALHFAM institutional member Hanford Mill Museum's Ice Harvest Festival, scheduled for Feb. 1, 2014, was noted in the Happenings section of the Jan. 12-18, 2014 print version of American Profiles Magazine.


ALHFAMer Trena Winans-Bagnall, was featured in an article about her lead role in the play "Wait Until Dark", in MLive.com on  January 12, 2014. Trena's husband, and recent ALHFAM board member, Kyle gets a shout-out as well.


Listen to the National Public Radio story on National Indian Pudding Day, Thursday Novemebr 14, 2013 , to hear Plimoth Plantation Food Historian and ALHFAM member Kathleen Wall, talk-up historic New England cooking. And with Thanksgiving coming, you might just hear Kathleen hit the airwaves again real soon.


The December, 2013 issue of Early American Life features an article titled, The Case for Sausage by ALHFAMer Mercy Ingraham. The article  focuses on the sausage making workshop she presented at the ALHFAM Mid-Atlantic regional conference in March of 2012, at the Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, NY, and is accompanied by beautiful photographs. A group picture of a host of other ALHFAMers that partook in the workshop appears in the article.


ALHFAMer Ed Nizalowski got some Southern-Tier New York TV coverage about his heirloom pole bean project.  Ed along with an organic gardener from his area made a fine pitch for greater agricultural biodiversity. See the Fox News story via video or read the print version.


The October issue of Early American Life has a mention of ALHFAM on page 1, in the editor's column.  Jeanmarie Andrews participated in the pottery session at Hale Farm during the workshop day and ALHFAM is given high marks along with instructors (and ALHFAMers) Mary Farrell and Mike Fox .


A July 18, 2013 article about the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation in the Williamsburg Yorktown Daily notes that Martha Katz-Hyman,  received the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums John T. Schlebecker Award. See the on-line version of the article.


ALHFAM Institutional Members, Plimoth Plantation, Genesee Country Village, Monticello, Strawbery Banke Museum, The Henry Ford, and the Farmers' Museum, were all included in a June 28th, 2013, ABC News travel story Living History: Top 10 Places Where History Comes to Life.


ALHFAM Institutional Member Naper Settlement has been named as one of the 25 largest tourist attractions in the Chicago area, according to a recent listing published by Crain’s Chicago Business. The attractions were ranked according to total attendance in 2012. With 118,000 visitors last year, Naper Settlement was ranked No. 25.


ALHFAM President Pete Watson appears in a picture (on p. 98) in the May/June issue of the AAM publication Museum. with Linda Moore (Morris Museum) and Leonard Lance, in their article on Museum Advocacy Day 2013.   


ALHFAM member Lauren Muney has been selected for inclusion in Early American Life's Directory of Traditional American Crafts 2013. The Directory will be published in the August issue of EAL.


What's New

Full-Time Positions
(Added On: April 16th, 2014)

ALHFAM eUpdate for This Month
ALHFAM Annual Meeting & Conference 2014 - Register Now!
(Added On: April 15th, 2014)

Part-Time & Seasonal Positions
(Added On: April 12th, 2014)

Internships & Apprentice Opportunities
(Added On: April 3rd, 2014)

ALHFAM Election Results
(Added On: March 26th, 2014)

Historic Foodways Symposium
(Added On: March 17th, 2014)

Western Region 2014 - Call for Proposals
(Added On: March 6th, 2014)

AASLH Historic House Museums Issues and Operations
(Added On: March 3rd, 2014)

Latest Bulletin Issue On-line - Winter 2014
2014 ALHFAM Membership Directory
Order The 2012 Proceedings
(Added On: June 10th, 2013)

ALHFAM Living History Skills Database
Book on the International History of Open Air Museums Available Exclusively Through ALHFAM
(Added On: October 4th, 2010)

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