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.


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.

Upcoming

    • 21 Nov 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (MST)
    • Online
    Register

    “Thriving in Changing Times”

    The Virtual Western Region Conference & Meeting 

    November 21, 2020


    Host Site: Sharlot Hall Museum, Prescott, AZ


    Cost & Registration: 

    • Conference registration is free for ALHFAM members.
    • You must register to attend.
    • Links for conference attendance will be emailed to registrants by November 19.
    • Registration closes November 18.


    2020 Virtual Western Region Meeting Schedule

    (All times listed in Pacific Time—Mountain Time is one hour later)

    9:00 to 9:30 am /  Welcome and virtual tour of site

    9:45 to 10:45 am Session / “Save Your Voice” for Your Site ­­– Vocal Health Preservation in the Time of COVID and Beyond

    Presenter: Cece Otto, American Songline

    Living historians work hard to maintain and preserve history, but then when you add in COVID, masks, smoke, and more, you can often neglect the one thing that’s a huge part of the equation – your voice. In this session/discussion, we’ll be talking about how to combat vocal fatigue given these new challenges and what healthy vocal production looks like, and I’ll share some simple tips to keep your voice in tip-top shape, both now and in the years to come.

    11:00 to 12:00 pm Session / Thriving by Creating Something New

    Presenter: Kay Demlow, Lavender’s Green Historic Clothing

    Changing times take away our stable routines and normal work habits. In March my local living history sites and reenacting groups faced the reality of having to cancel every single scheduled event. Without the focus of those short-term goals, I needed a new project!

    A serendipitous purchase of an antique armoire led me to create “The 1909 Wardrobe Project”. In this session I will describe how the research, the inventory on hand, my own interests and even the site (my 1909 Foursquare house) came together to give me a focus for my creativity – and the energy to turn it into a series for my blog!

    We will save time at the end for discussion, because even if you don’t need a new wardrobe, the chances are that you have some possibilities for creativity in changing times, too.

    1:00 to 1:30 pm Business Meeting           

    1:45 to 2:45 pm Session / Thriving in Changing Times: Keeping a Ghost Town Funded in a Pandemic

    Presenter: Chris Spiller, Bodie Foundation

    Bodie State Historic Park, a California State Park in Eastern California, depends on a non-profit cooperating association for a consistent source of funding. The Bodie Foundation is dedicated to the preservation, interpretation, and public enjoyment of Bodie State Historic Park and two other nearby state parks.

    The COVID-19 pandemic presented a challenge for the Bodie Foundation and State Parks staff as we worked together to remodel the Foundation sales area at Bodie and present special events in a safe manner to allow us to generate funds crucial to the park’s operations and stabilization needs. This presentation will discuss how we kept employees, volunteers and our visitors safe by using some very simple tools such as iPhones, Plexiglas, and requiring social distancing and masks on our private tours.

    3:00 to 4:00 pm Session / Food for Thought: On the Menu is COVID

    Presenter: Linda Evans, High Desert Museum

    This is a roundtable discussion. Please bring to the table two positive things you have learned or observed and your most significant challenge. Side choices are: How is the virus affecting your job, business, institution, or interpretation?  Pick your side choices prior, as round tables work best when timed.         

    • 26 Feb 2021
    • (EST)
    • 28 Feb 2021
    • (EST)
    • Frontier Culture Museum, Stauton, Virginia


    • 11 Jun 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 14 Jun 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Archbold, Ohio

    2021 Annual Meeting & Conference

    Looking Forward . . . The Next 50 Years

    June 11-14, 2021
    Sauder Village, Archbold, Ohio

    If we could gaze into our communal crystal ball, what would we see? What will the future bring living history, farm and agricultural museums, and how can we begin to prepare for that now? What issues and opportunities has the COVID-19 pandemic underscored and the protests for equity brought to the forefront? What kind of foundation are we building? What best practice methodologies are arising from within our own living history field that are robust, durable, and enduring? What strategies for success are we bringing—or can we borrow—from outside our field to ensure our relevance and sustainability?

    The theme of the 2021 ALHFAM conference is about the future of living history. We can’t predict it. But we can be open to it. We can prepare for it. We can be flexible, adaptable, and resilient to change as it will inevitably occur. Because 50 years from now, we want to be not just surviving but thriving. We want to be critical to how people see themselves, their communities, and their world. And we can start today!



    You may select to present virtually only, in-person and virtually, or in-person only.

    Visit the Call for Proposals Page to Submit your Session or Workshop Proposal


    Want more information about the schedule and lodging options?

    Check out the Conference At-A-Glance

    • 23 Jun 2022
    • (EDT)
    • 28 Jun 2022
    • (EDT)
    • Tacoma, Washington


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