The Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums or ALHFAM focuses its services for organizations involved in living historical farms and agricultural museums. They also serve organizations who maintain outdoor museums for folklife and history.
Founded in 1970, ALHFAM has always been at the forefront of professionalization and growth of living history techniques for museum programs on a global scale. Membership is required to become a participant in this prestigious organization.
The ALHFAM conference and meeting is annually held in either the US or Canada and hosted by a member organization or institution.
The conference includes interactive workshops, presentation of formal papers, site visits, the annual business meeting, and more than one opportunity for informal discussion among peers. It has been considered by living history organizations to be one of the most useful and best conferences available.
For 2019, the ALHFAM annual conference will be held at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in Ontario, Canada from June 8 to June 12, 2019.
Conference participants will get a chance to either sleep in a Huron or Wendat longhouse or a 17th century French building.
As early as now, the annual conference for the year 2020 has also been revealed. Set to be held at the Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, the conference will begin on June 21 and end on June 25, 2020.
ALHFAM Annual Meeting Guide
If this is your first time to attend the ALHFAM annual meeting, there is no need to fret. The organization has compiled a downloadable guide that would help you along the way in terms of what to expect, when and what to wear, as well as where you should be.
If you are interested in attending regional workshops, here are some that you might be interested in.
ALHFAM Regional Meeting and Skills Workshop for Mid-Atlantic 2018
The workshops will be held at the Historic Walnford, Monmouth County Park and Howell Living History Farm, Mercer County Park in Trenton, New Jersey. The event will begin on October 26 and end on October 27, 2018.
ALHFAM Regional Conference for the Western Region 2018
The regional conference will be held at Fort Nisqually in Tacoma, Washington from November 1 to November 4, 2018.