'Weaving a Historical Web: Bringing Community & Collections Together
64th Annual Meeting of the League of Local Historical Societies & Museums
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, VT
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The Vermont Historical Society invites you to join us and your colleagues in charming Lyndonville, Vermont. This annual meeting is always an excellent opportunity to network with peers; attend educational, informative and creative workshops; and visit a thriving Vermont town in the company of history-loving peers. Be sure to spread the word and encourage all members of your organization to join us!
2017 LLHSM Schedule
|9:00-9:40am||Registration, Academic & Student Activity Center, Lyndon State College|
|9:40-10:30am||Welcome & Keynote Panel with Jill Mudgett & Ben Ward|
|10:45-11:45am||Workshop Session 1|
|12:00 to 1:30pm||Lunch & LLHSM Awards Presentation|
|1:45-2:45pm||Workshop Session 2|
|3:00-4:00pm||Workshop Session 3|
Keynote Panel: How do you engage people with history? What are some new trends, and ongoing issues for historical societies & museums? This year’s keynote will explore these questions, and more from the viewpoints of a new historian and an established professional.
Jill Mudgett is a cultural historian who has written about rural people and places. She has a strong interest in community history and serves on the boards of the Morristown Historical Society and the Vermont Historical Society.
Ben Ward is a senior at Montpelier High School who has done research on Vermont political history and contemporary art history. He has participated in Vermont History Day and National History Day twice and is currently interning at the Robert Hull Fleming Museum of Art in Burlington.
Visit our Exhibitors!
Selected organizations with programs & products for local societies in attendance. Current exhibitors include:
Arcadia Publishing & The History Press
Vermont State Archives/Vermont Historical Records Program
Registration: Registration Fees: $35 VHS Members/$50 Non-Members. Light breakfast, lunch and complete program of events are included in the registration fee. Please register by October 16, 2017
REGISTER HERE (under Events) with a credit card or download a registration form.
Support for the conference provided by the Oakland Foundation
To our keynote speakers, all the workshop presenters, the Oakland Foundation, exhibitors, conference volunteers and all of the incredible local history organizations who make connections through Vermont history.
Directions: Lyndonville is at Exit 23 on Interstate 91. Additional directions & map available at http://lyndonstate.edu/about/the-campus/directions-parking/ More detailed directions provided with registration.
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Session 1 (10:45 to 11:45am )
A. Caring for Photographs
Rachel Onuf, Vermont Historical Records Program Coordinator
This session will offer a basic introduction to a range of issues relating to the care of photographic materials. There will be a brief overview of the types of photographs you are most likely to have in your collection and what causes them to deteriorate. The focus of this presentation will be on strategies for preserving your photographs, with an emphasis on doing what is “good enough.” There will be time reserved for discussion, too, so please come with questions.
B. Adding Value: Memberships for a Small Shops
Tori Hart, Development Manager, Vermont Historical Society
Join VHS’s Development Manager, Tori Hart, for an informative session on how to make the most of your membership program. How do you gain new members? How do you steward existing members? What benefits should you be offering? Come prepared with questions and examples from your own organizations and engage in a lively dialogue.
C. "Why We're Here" : Developing & Implementing Mission Based Programming for Small Museums & Historical Societies
Alex Lehning, Executive Director, Saint Albans Museum
Educational and public programming is essential to the mission, values, and purpose of a cultural organization - and is often a primary method of engagement with members, visitors, and donors/supporters. This presentation will offer practical strategies and solutions for developing and implementing mission driven programs and events, with an emphasis on the opportunities and obstacles faced by all-volunteer Boards or organizations with solo staff members
Session 2 (1:45 to 2:45pm)
A. Digital Vermont- Project Update
Paul Carnahan, Librarian & Marjorie Strong, Assistant Librarian, Vermont Historical Society
An update on the VHS Digital Vermont website, and our pilot project working with three local historical societies to upload photographs and other materials to this online portal.
B. Abandoned & Undocumented: Navigating Vermont's Abandoned Property Laws
John Hart, Registrar & Collections Manager, Sullivan Museum & History Center
The session will delve into the laws and what they essentially mean for museums and historical societies in terms of managing and processing abandoned and undocumented collections objects. Primary focus will be differentiating what is abandoned versus undocumented and how to prevent them (or at least mitigate them) in the first place through approved policies and forms. Part of the session will also look at how to deal with these objects after the process has been completed in terms of accessioning and proper methods and resources for disposing of unwanted objects.
C. Memorializing Lilian Baker Carlisle: How 80 Years' Worth of Scrapbooks Became a Book
Joanna Tebbs Young, Author
This presentation will look at the process of synthesizing a closet full of scrapbooks, dating 1925 to 2006, into a visually-pleasing narrative of the life of Burlington historian, author, politician, silver expert, and preservationist, Lilian Baker Carlisle. The second portion of the discussion will focus on Lilian's life, including her role as personal assistant to Shelburne Museum's Electra Havemeyer Webb.
Session 3 (3:00 to 4:00pm)
A. Film & Video Collections – Storing, Transferring, Utilizing
Fred Pond, Instruction & Information Librarian, University of Vermont
Deal with those old films & videos in your ‘back closet.’ Find out archival guidelines for dealing with these different formats safely. Options for transfers will be presented, particularly for videos which have a short usable life in comparison to film. Learn how films & videos can have renewed lives as programmed screenings, be incorporated into new films, and perhaps engage video-savvy young people in the process. Attendees are encouraged to bring examples from collections; several film & video formats will be available for examination from the society’s collections.
B. Cataloging Basics
Beau Harris, Collections Manager, Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium
This session will cover Inventory, working with Databases, Paper Records, Photographing collections, and Overall access. Additionally, it will cover why cataloging is important, the difference between cataloging and inventory, and other aspects of catalog records (i.e. exhibition and loan histories and research use.)
C. Historical Societies Don't Have to be in Old Buildings
Bunni Putnam, Springfield Art & Historical Society
In 2015 SAHS decided to sell its iconic three-story house overlooking Main Street where we had been located for 68 years. It was a very difficult decision but maintaining the house had drained the Society of all its funds and we realized we could not afford to be there any longer. But we did not have any idea where we would or could go. This is the story of finding a new, modern location and moving in.
Please contact Eileen Corcoran at (802) 479-8522 or email@example.com with any questions.