Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums
2020 Annual Meeting & Conference
Boston, Massachusetts / June 21-25, 2020
We invite historical interpreters, farmers, scholars, craftspeople, curators, educators, administrators and everyone interested in Living History to Boston, Massachusetts for ALHFAM’s annual conference and 50th anniversary celebration. The conference program and registration information will be available here in February. Meanwhile, if you are curious:
● When? June 21-25, 2020.
● Where? Our primary venue will be the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in historic Boston Massachusetts, https://massart.edu/visit, a conveniently compact one-block campus. We will spend one day exploring Boston and another at Old Sturbridge Village living history museum.
● How do I get there? The Massachusetts College of Art and Design is just a few miles via public transportation (MBTA is referred to as the “T”) from either Logan Airport or South Station train terminal. Uber/Lyft and taxis are available from both locations. There is an MBTA “T” stop right in the heart of the college. Those driving should consider car-pooling as parking is limited and will be about $150 for the week.
● Sunday, June 21 there will be optional hands-on workshops offered, as well as tours of Plymouth, MA, Newport, RI, and the world-class Boston Museum of Fine Arts, a short walk from campus. There will also be an optional, hands-on “Farmer’s Bootcamp” Program and the annual “Helping Hands” service program, which will be held at Historic Newton. The conference itself officially kicks off the evening of June 21 with the “Salted, Smoked and Pickled” reception.
● Monday, June 22 will begin with a keynote address by Suffolk University professor and Boston historian Robert Allison. http://www.robertallisonhistory.com/. The rest of the day will be filled with concurrent sessions and presentations on a range of topics, as well as meetings of Professional Interest Groups htps://alhfam.org/PIG-Pen. Monday evening will be our always-entertaining annual auction.
● Tuesday, June 23 members will enjoy a day-long narrated trolley tour of history-rich Boston, getting on and off as they wish to explore sites of interest. Be sure to stop in the North End for a cannoli, follow the Freedom Trail and explore Quincy Market! The day will conclude with a Spirit of Boston dinner cruise of Boston harbor. https://www.spiritcruises.com/boston
● Wednesday, June 24 will be another day of concurrent sessions and presentations, the annual business meeting and luncheon, and regional meetings, capped off in the evening with our Presidential Banquet. Many attendees like to wear historic costume to the banquet, but modern business casual dress is fine, too.
● Thursday, June 25 conferees will spend the day at Old Sturbridge Village www.osv.org where ALHFAM was conceived in 1970. Conferees can tour the 200+ acres Living History site, take a variety of special behind-the-scenes tours, and participate in our annual plowing match. The conference will conclude with dinner, music and dancing.
● Friday, June 26 departure after breakfast.
How Much? We expect the “early-bird” member’s rate for the conference will be $475 US, which will include most meals and all activities and transportation from the opening reception on June 21 through the concluding breakfast on June 26th. Optional workshops and tours will be extra.
Lodging? Conferees will stay on the MCA&D campus in the modern “Treehouse” all-suites dormitory. Single bedrooms in a shared suite will be about $60US a night + a $30US one-time linens fee. Shared bedrooms will be about $50US a night + a $30US per person one-time linens fee. Each two-bedroom suite has bath. The college has offered extended stay for those who are interested. https://massart.edu/tree-house