Museums as Community Hubs: CLHO Annual Conference & Awards of Merit
Monday, June 2, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (PDT)
Does your organization want to attract, welcome and represent your community?
Could your site be a community hub? How?
Join us as we discuss these questions - and more - at the 2014 Annual Conference of the Connecticut League of History Organizations, the one and only statewide gathering for staff, volunteers, consultants, and board members who represent the interests of Connecticut's heritage community.
Thank you to our sponsors...
New England Insurance Services, Inc.
Fine Arts Security Transport
As early as 2007, museum leaders from across the country with assistance from Reach Advisors, a strategic and predictive analytics research firm, began exploring and discussing the strategies and tactics used by museums to attract, welcome, and represent their communities. As a result of these conversations three common denominators were identified - indicators of the most successful community-museum programs. First, everyone must be on board. Your organization's leaders and staff (volunteer and professional) must commit to being the hub for the long haul, and their buy-in should include creating the strategies needed to get there. Second, a successful partnership and its benefits are a two-way street, with investments made on both sides. And third, museums must practice the art of an open mind and careful consideration before agreeing when choosing new and diverse partners.
Don't miss your opportunity to be a part of this ongoing conversation during the CLHO's Annual Conference on Monday, June 2 at the Hilton Mystic, in Mystic, CT. Learn how Connecticut historical societies, archives, and museums are developing programs, exhibits, and operational models that look outward into their communities and forward into the future. Hear from colleagues throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic about replicable programs and explore the possibilties and consequences of attracting more visitors to your site.
Presentation of the annual Awards of Merit will take place during luncheon.
We hope to see you there!
Pre-conference Activities - Sunday, June 1, 4-6 pm
C'mon down to Mystic on Sunday afternoon to join colleagues as we explore what's new in archaeology in Connecticut and learn about the work that Mystic's own Denison Homestead has been doing to connect with their audiences - by offering them the opportunity to dig in the dirt! After a welcome and introduction to the Denison Homestead, join Dr. Kevin McBride (and crew) to learn about the new archaeological initiatives fromthe Pequot Museum, and how the work they are conducting is actually entirely dependent on local museums and libraries and their abilities to connect with the surrounding communities. Participants will get a tour of the dig site, the opportunity to see how metal detectors are used on archaeological sites, and a guided tour of the Denison Homestead. A wine and cheese reception will conclude the afternoon's fun!
(A select number of hotel rooms have been reserved at a discount rate at the Hilton, Mystic. Contact the hotel for reservations at (860) 572-0731).
Conference at a Glance
9:30-10:00 Welcome & CLHO Annual Business Meeting
10:00-11:00 Keynote: Carol Ward, Executive Director, Morris- Jumel Mansion: "Looking Outside the Museum"
11:15-12:00 Breakout Session 1: Perspectives in Community Placemaking
- Elizabeth C. Downs, CIC, New England Insurance Services, Inc., and colleagues, "Assessing Risks for Public and Community Events
- William Hosley, Terra Firma Northeast, "Placemaking in Today's Museums & Historical Societies"
- Guy Hermann, MuseumINSIGHTS, "What Does it Mean to be a Community Museum?"
12:00-1:45 Lunch and Awards of Merit Presentation
1:45-2:30 Breakout Session 2: Community-Based Programming
- Julia Shipley, "The Power of Place, Where Hearts Rubs Against the Place, Cabot, VT"
- Cathie Zusie, "Is this House Could Talk", Cambridge Historical Society, MA
- Connecticut's Old State House, "Programming Across the Spectrum: History Day to Noontime Lunches"
2:45-3:30 Breakout Session 3: From the Outside In: Curating Community Exhibits
- Joint Session: Mattatuck Museum & the Mill Museum, "Exploring Ways to Engage Community Audiences"
- Joint Session: New Haven Museum & The Gunn Memorial Museum, "Exhibiting Community Collections and Sharing Oral Records"
- Erin Bernard, "The Museum Truck, Exhibits on the Move", Philadelphia, PA
3:45-4:30 Wrap-Up Panel: "Museums as Community Hubs"
- Moderator, Jody Blankenship, Executive Director, Connecticut Historical Society
- Panelists include
- Sally Whipple, Executive Director, Connecticut's Old State House,
- Robert Burns, Museum Director, Mattatuck Museum,
- William Hosley, Principal, Terra Firma Northeast
When & Where
Connecticut League of History Organizations
The Connecticut League of History Organizations builds connections among those who preserve and share the stories and objects of our past.
We strengthen and sustain our communities by sharing knowledge and experience, and promoting best practices.
We practice our mission by:
- Sharing best practices and contemporary trends that affect historical societies, museums and libraries, with those responsible for Connecticut’s heritage collections.
- Serving as a communication hub by offering opportunities for peer-to-peer net-working.
- Providing a consistent presence and long-term memory for those who promote and safeguard Connecticut’s cultural heritage.