Upcoming events

    • Monday, April 03, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Middletown Library Service Center, 786 South Main Street, Middletown, CT 06457

    Exploring Connecticut Collections: A New Approach to Collections Management, Access and Digital Preservation AND Object Cataloging 101

    Monday, April 3, 2017, 9 - 3:30 pm

    Middletown Library Service Center, 786 South Main Street, Middletown, CT

    FREE (Seating is Limited, Reservations are Necessary)

    Are you overwhelmed by the thought of managing your collection? Have you been told that collections management systems are expensive and difficult to use? Are you tired of complicated fee structures when all you want to do is to make your collections accessible online? Have you heard the buzz about the CLHO's new platform, Connecticut Collections (CTCo) and do you want to learn more?

    If  any of these questions accurately depicts your state of mind, then this workshop is designed for you!

    During the morning, participants will be introduced to the Connecticut Collections (CTCo) Project, hear from four organizations who have piloted the CTCo collections management program, learn why CTCo is different from other management platforms, and how your organization can get involved. There will be ample time to ask questions of the presenters.

    In the afternoon, those who have pre-registered will be immersed in a hands-on workshop led by our team of curators and collections managers who will guide participants through the process of cataloging an object using the Connecticut Collections database.  Participants will learn how to navigate the data base fields and create object records. The afternoon session is designed to offer a hands-on introduction to working with the Connecticut Collections data base and to help volunteers who work with collections learn to catalog an object according to best practices (and serve as a refresher to those who regularly work with collections.)

    Participants may register for the morning or afternoon session, or both. Registration for the afternoon session is limited. Participants may work on a computer that is provided, or bring their own laptop with WIFI capability.


    9-9:30   Registration and Coffee

    9:30-10:00  Introduction to Connecticut Collections

    10:00-11:20  Presentations from Project Participants, Fairfield Museum & History Center, Barnum Museum, Sharon Historical Society, Beekley Collection

    11:20-11:45   Panel Discussion / Q&A

    11:45-12:15   CTCo Next Steps - How to Get Involved

    12:15-1:15     Brown Bag Lunch/ Lunch on your own

    1:15-3:15    Cataloging Collections Objects, Hands-On with CTCo

    3:15-3:30     Wrap-Up


    • Monday, April 24, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Windsor Historical Society, 96 Palisado Avenue, Windsor, CT

    Caught on Camera”:  Museum Security Best Practices as Taught through Real Video Surveillance Footage

    Monday, April 24, 2017, 2-4 pm

    Windsor Historical Society, 96 Palisado Avenue, Windsor, CT

    $15 CLHO Members; $20 Non-Members

    How do small and mid-size museums create an effective program of museum security? The challenge to keep the visitor safe, protect the valuable artifacts and mitigate against loss  or damage to the museum buildings and their contents are real life problems that often seem insurmountable, especially when staff is small or non-existent, and dollars are scarce. If these concerns keep you up at night, join us for this presentation by Austin Sharpe, CIPM, CISS, Director of Security at the Addison Gallery of American Art and Dan Lazuta, owner of Acuity-VCT.

    If a picture is worth a thousand words, the moving image will prove even worthier of the task.  Participants will look at never before seen surveillance footage highlighting hair- raising incidents that are happening in museums but are not openly discussed. 

    Discussion will focus on appropriate responses, prevention strategies, and mitigating damage to artwork and artifacts. Together, we will look at the importance of a properly trained staff - whether paid or volunteer - by examining real-time disasters and the responses taken. 

    Austin Sharpe, Director of Security at the Addison Gallery of American Art on the campus of Phillips Academy, has been protecting cultural property for over seventeen years. He is a graduate of the Northeast Regional Police Academy and has lectured on museum security protocols and procedures at the national level.  He currently serves as President of the International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection, New England Chapter.

    In January of 2014, Austin was awarded the prestigious Andover Accolades Award for his involvement in developing a campus wide security initiative for access control and surveillance solutions across campus.  Austin has also worked as a Police Officer in a nearby coastal community and has developed turnkey solutions for the protection of paintings and other cultural property assets.

    Dan Lazuta was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio where he attended Padua Franciscan Catholic High School. He went on to graduate from Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio in 1984 with a Business Administration and Psychology Double Major.  For the last 11 years Dan has been a Principal of Acuity-VCT, a leading company that makes video based object protection and surveillance systems.  Because of this, Dan is a frequent speaker at security seminars around the U.S.


    • Wednesday, April 26, 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic, CT
    • 20

    Special Members Event at Mystic Seaport...

    A Guided Tour of the exhibit "SeaChange" and a special behind-the-scenes tour of collections storage.

    Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    FREE to CLHO members; $15.00 non-members  (Registration is limited to the first 30 registrants)

    SeaChange, the inaugural exhibit in the Collins Gallery in the new Thompson Exhibition Building, presents a range of striking, surprising, and unusual objects drawn from the rich collections of Mystic Seaport. Each is a survivor of the past that speaks to a notable transformation—in material, technology, the sea itself, or the broader American culture over the past 200 years.

    Join CLHO members for a dual tour of the new exhibit by museum staff, and of the Collections Research Center, which houses one of the premier maritime collections in the United States. Our host for the visit is Paul O'Pecko,  Vice President for Research Collections and Director of the G.W Blunt White Library.

    This special tour is open to CLHO members free of charge. (Reminder! Institutional membership covers five staff or volunteers.) Registration is limited to 30 people, so register early.

    Registrants should meet in the parking lot across from the North Entrance.

    See https://www.mysticseaport.org/visit/plan-your-visit/directions/  

    • Monday, June 05, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Four Points Sheridan Hotel, 275 Research Parkway, Meriden, CT

    Register to become an exhibitor and/or sponsor of the 2017 CLHO Annual Conference on June 5, 2017, at the Four Points Sheridan Hotel in Meriden, CT.


    To review sponsor and exhibitor benefits, please visit Exhibit Hall & Sponsors 2017


    To complete your registration, simple follow the instructions on the registration form. Questions? Please contact Liz Shapiro at liz@clho.org or call 860-685-7595.


Past events

Monday, March 20, 2017 CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER: Volunteer Organizations Colleague Circle: Meet Up and Discussion at the Solomon Goffe House, Meriden, CT
Thursday, January 26, 2017 History Unfolded, Holocaust Newspaper Project
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 Serving Visitors with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Winter CMER Meeting
Thursday, January 05, 2017 Guided Tour of the exhibit "Art & Industry in Early America, Rhode Island Furniture, 1650-1830" at the Yale Art Gallery
Monday, December 05, 2016 Volunteer Organizations Colleague Circle: Meet Up and Discussion at the Rocky Hill Historical Society
Friday, November 04, 2016 The Law and its Effect on Museums, Historic Houses & Historical Societies
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Marketing & Development Colleague Circle: Meet the Experts!
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 Curator's Colleague Circle at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center: Storage of Your Dreams!
Monday, October 03, 2016 WWI Centennial Commemoration Show & Tell Workshop
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 The Anatomy of a Field Trip: Fall CMER Meeting
Thursday, September 08, 2016 Volunteer Organizations Colleague Circle: Meet Up and Discussion at the Meriden Historical Society
Monday, June 06, 2016 2016 CLHO Annual Conference & Award of Merit Luncheon
Monday, June 06, 2016 Become an Annual Conference Sponsor or Exhibitor
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 Connecting with the New Social Studies Frameworks: What Historical Societies, Museums and Libraries Need to Know
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 Summer Programming for Kids, Teens, and Families: Spring CMER Meeting
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 Development and Marketing -- Cheerleaders of Your Institution
Thursday, April 07, 2016 Volunteer Organizations Colleague Circle: Meet Up and Discussion at the Thomas Darling House
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Rally for Humanities, Heritage, Preservation and Library Funding!
Tuesday, February 09, 2016 Collections Colleague Circle: Quick Tips for Collections Care & Management
Thursday, December 10, 2015 Museum Education in Connecticut: What's New? What's Next?
Friday, November 20, 2015 Volunteer Organization Colleague Circle: Stump the Experts!
Monday, November 09, 2015 Collections Colleague Circle: Old Loans & Other Ownership Tangles
Monday, November 02, 2015 Directors Colleague Circle (Small/Medium Organizations): Navigating the Relationship Between the Director & the Board
Monday, June 29, 2015 No Lectures! Creating Meaningful Experiences at Historic House Museums and Other Cultural Sites
Monday, June 01, 2015 2015 CLHO Annual Conference & Award of Merit Luncheon
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 History Rally Day at the State Capitol
Monday, February 23, 2015 Directors! Consultants! and Boards! Oh My!
Friday, June 01, 1990 1990 Annual Meeting

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