'History from A to (Generation) Z'

65th Annual Meeting of the League of Local Historical Societies & Museums
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Woodstock, VT

Support provided by the Walter Cerf Community Fund

New audiences, new directions, old collections. Join colleagues from around the state for a day of networking and learning centered around navigating the practical aspects of running a historical society or museum. Explore ways to engage with the new generations of visitors, as well as the those next in line to take the helm at your local society.

We’ll begin the day with a keynote panel with Sharon Reed,  Program & Events Coordinator at the Hood Museum of Art and Matthew Powers, Executive Director at the Woodstock History Center who will explore programming for new generations, with Q&A opportunites for engagement. We’ll follow with informative & creative workshops, as well as fun interactive opportunities along the way. Be sure to spread the word and encourage all members of your organization to join us!

Conference Schedule

9:00 to 9:30 am       Registration
Town Hall Theatre, 31 the Green, Woodstock, VT
9:30 to 11:00 am

Welcome & Keynote Panel
Sharon Reed, Hood Museum of Art and Matthew Powers, Woodstock History Center will explore programming for new generations, with Q&A opportunities

LLHSM Achievement Awards Presentation

11:15 am to 12:15 pm  Workshop Session 1 (see descriptions below)
12:15 to 1:30 pm                                             Lunch (on your own)
Enjoy lunch at one of Woodstock's great restaurants, or grab a lunch and join VHS staff to talk about our recent strategic planning process & potential ideas for programs and services for local historical societies.
1:45 to 2:45 pm Workshop Session 2
2:45 to 3:00 pm Afternoon Break
3:00 to 4:00 pm 

Workshop Session 3



Registration begins in the Town Hall Theatre, 31 The Green, Woodstock at 9:00 am. Light breakfast will be served. Register online with a credit card  HERE or download a registration form. Detailed directions will be sent upon registration. 

Please register by  October 22, 2018

Registration Fees: $35 VHS Members/$75 Non-Members

Light breakfast and complete program of events are included in the registration fee.

Questions: Contact Community Outreach & Media Coordinator Eileen Corcoran at (802) 479-8522;

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Workshop Session 1 (11:15am to 12:15pm )

A. Designing On-Line Tours for Your Historical Society

Jon Mathewson, Curator, Dorset Historical Society

The proliferation of smart phones and increased cell service area makes it easier to learn local history outside the walls of historical societies.  Drawing on successful experiences creating several online walking and driving tours, this workshop will demonstrate how your society can map your town's history several ways, with GPS apps, google maps, Clio, and other helpful new technologies.

B. Social Media, Community-Based Learning, and Historical Societies

Joe Rivers & Reggie Martell, Brattleboro Historical Society

The Brattleboro Historical Society utilizes social media and other media platforms (Facebook, podcasts, website, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, etc.) to help fulfill its mission to reach out to the community and promote the past of our region. In this presentation, you’ll learn how to connect to these platforms and create content. If possible, please bring an electronic device (laptop, tablet, phone) to work with during the session.

C. Backstory: Vermont Internship Program

Richard Watts & Sophia Trigg, Center for Research on Vermont

Have you ever wanted to hire a student intern but didn't know how to go about it? The Vermont Historical Society has teamed up with the University of Vermont to match undergraduate students with internships at local historical societies for academic credit. Learn about the program and the matching process, find out what it means to host an intern, discover what interns could bring to your organization and begin to develop ideas for projects an intern could tackle. No historical society is too small for an intern!

Workshop Session 2 (1:45 to 2:45pm)

A. Using LIDAR to Find & Interpret Nineteenth-Century Landscape Features

Jane Dorney, Consultant/Historical Geography

Have you ever wanted to find traces of that long-lost cider mill that is shown on your town’s Beers Atlas page?  Now you can with a new imaging tool – LIDAR.  LIDAR uses laser light to create 3-dimensional images of the landscape from above in incredible detail.  It not only shows general contours, but more subtle features, such as stone walls, cellar holes, and old roads, even those in the woods.  This presentation will show you how to find the LIDAR imagery for your town from the Vermont Center for Geographic Information’s website, and how to interpret the images you see.

B. Programming for Alternative Audiences

Amanda Gustin,  Public Program Manager, VHS and Sharon Reed, Programs & Events Coodinator, Hood Museum of Art

Learn about potential programs and events you can design to work with new audiences, including those of different generations or in unexpected places (even your local watering hole.)

C. Collections Storage Strategies

Erica Donnis, Champlain College; Carolyn Frisa, Works on Paper; Rachel Onuf, VT Historical Records Coordinator; Michele Pagan, Textile Conservator

Is your organization tight on storage space? Are you wondering where to prioritize your limited resources? Are you scratching your head about storing your special, fragile, or oversized items? This session will provide realistic collections storage strategies to help you overcome your conundrums. Panelists will describe concrete, cost-friendly, and easy to use methods that they have successfully implemented for museums, historical societies, and archives.


Workshop Session 3 (3:00 to 4:00pm)

A. Marketing Your Digitized Collection

Amy Mincher, Director, National Museum of the Morgan Horse

Digitizing your museum collection is a big deal. You have to find the correct platform, have enough staff and/or volunteers to enter metadata, scan, and photograph everything, and be able to pay a hosting fee or service to have it available online. But how do you let people know about it? This session will cover how to market your online collection so that researchers, locals, and the wider public know that it is available and how to use it. We will discuss marketing strategies for different generations, how best to use social media platforms to promote the collection, and how to create learning opportunities to teach researchers how to get the most out of what you have available online.

B. Your Vermont Humanities Council

Tess Taylor, Director of Community Programs, Vermont Humanities Council

Learn how your organization can benefit from the Vermont Humanities Council's various programming: Engage an expert to present on subjects as varied as Vermont history to the history of bees; Civil War to civil rights. Get your community to participate in annual Vermont Reads - reading a single book and creating programs. "Reading Frederick Douglass" as a community is easy to produce, adding great meaning to 4th of July. And more! We also extend grants to non-profits for community-based programs/ projects. Tess Taylor will show you the various programs with examples of ways to take advantage of this rich resource!

C. "Plainfield Remembered": Video Production at a Local Historical Society

Susan Grimaldi, Public Event Coordinator, Plainfield Historical Society

The Plainfield Historical Society invited eight lifelong Plainfield residents to tell stories about growing up together on the hill farms of Plainfield. The Society took the video recordings of the event, and added archival images to create “Plainfield Remembered: Stories of Growing Up in Plainfield, Vermont During the 1940's”. Learn more about the process and how you might be able to adopt this idea in your town.


Please contact Eileen Corcoran at (802) 479-8522 or with any questions.