Upcoming events

    • Monday, September 25, 2017
    • 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • American Clock & Watch Museum, 100 Maple St, Bristol, CT

    Meet-Up and Catch-Up
    StEPs-CT Alumni Circles

    What has your organization been doing since the last StEPs-CT program you attended? Do you miss getting together with other folks and organizations to talk about the issues and concerns your organization is facing?

    The CLHO and Connecticut Humanities misses YOU, and are excited to launch our new StEPs-CT Alumni Circles in Fall 2017! We’re starting off by hosting three gatherings where StEPs-CT organizations, faculty, and friends can come together to chat and talk about what’s on your mind. The agenda will change from meeting to meeting based on your needs and desires, but will always involve plenty of opportunities for conversations, socializing, and yummy treats.

    Our second gathering will take place on Monday, September 25, from 3:30-6:30 pm at the American Clock & Watch Museum. We’ll break the afternoon up into 3 parts:

    3:30-4:15 - What has your organization been up to lately? What are your successes, and what are your stumbling blocks? What topics would you like future StEPs-CT Alumni Circles to tackle? This will be an open, facilitated conversation where folks can share--or just listen.

    4:15-5:00 -  A discussion about Membership: which organizations do it, why do they do it, and what works. Also, how is a membership program different than fundraising and annual giving?

    5:00-5:30 - Scott and Laurie will share updates on what’s happening at CLHO and Connecticut Humanities--including a 3rd offering of StEPs-CT set to begin in early 2018! Help provide thoughts and feedback on the new StEPs-CT--and learn how your organization can participate too!

    5:30-6:30 - Potluck Social--Bring an appetizer or dessert and we’ll bring the beverages!

    StEPs-CT is a program of the  Connecticut League of History Organizations and Connecticut Humanities.   StEPs is a program of the American Association for State and Local History with grant funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


    • Monday, October 02, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Mark Twain House and Museum, 351 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT 06105
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    "Lesser Heard Voices"
    Fall 2017 Meeting of the Connecticut Museum Educators Roundtable 
    at the Mark Twain House and Museum

    Thinking about ways to incorporate lesser-heard historical perspectives into your tour or gallery experiences? Wondering where to start? Join us as we discuss different approaches to diversifying the voices that we hear at our museums.

    Presenters, including Betsy Maguire, Manager of Living History Tours at the Mark Twain House and Museum; Aileen Novick, Project Manager at Hempsted Houses; and Darlene Kascak at The Institute for American Indian Studies Museum, will share case studies, followed by a roundtable discussion.

    Please register by October 1st. Registration is free and there is ample parking. Feel free to bring your lunch. 

    See you there!


    • Wednesday, October 11, 2017
    • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place, Westport, CT
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    Meet-Up and Catch-Up
    StEPs-CT Alumni Circles

    What has your organization been doing since the last StEPs-CT program you attended? Do you miss getting together with other folks and organizations to talk about the issues and concerns your organization is facing?

    The CLHO and Connecticut Humanities misses YOU, and this meet-up is the LAST of our new StEPs-CT Alumni Circles in Fall 2017! These gathering are where StEPs-CT organizations, faculty, and friends can come together to chat and talk about what’s on your mind. The agenda changes from meeting to meeting based on your needs and desires, but always involves plenty of opportunities for conversations, socializing, and yummy treats.

    Our third and last gathering of the season will take place on Wednesday, October 11, from 1:30-4:30 pm at Westport Historical Society. We’ll break the afternoon up into 3 parts:

    1:30-2:15 - What has your organization been up to lately? What are your successes, and what are your stumbling blocks? What topics would you like future StEPs-CT Alumni Circles to tackle? This will be an open, facilitated conversation where folks can share--or just listen.

    2:15-3:00 - Facilitated discussion topic: How does your board "work?" Do you have trouble recruiting members? What do you do to keep your board active and engaged?

    3:00-3:30 - Scott and Laurie will share updates on what’s happening at CLHO and Connecticut Humanities--including a 3rd offering of StEPs-CT set to begin in early 2018! Help provide thoughts and feedback on the new StEPs-CT--and learn how your organization can participate too!

    3:30-4:30: Potluck Social--Bring an appetizer or dessert and we’ll bring the beverages!

    StEPs-CT is a program of the  Connecticut League of History Organizations and Connecticut Humanities.   StEPs is a program of the American Association for State and Local History with grant funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.



    • Monday, October 30, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Stanley-Whitman House, 37 High Street, Farmington, CT
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    Sweet Secrets to Fundraising and Appeals:
    Marketing and Development Colleague Circle

    Need a fresh perspective on fundraising? Want a new trick for your end-of-the-year appeal? Join your development and marketing colleagues for a discussion of “sweet secrets” to ignite your asks and energize your fundraisers. 

    There are many options for fundraising: snail mail letters, online appeals, email asks, in-person special events, and more! This panel discussion will share insights into what works, what doesn’t, and what might best fit your organization. Now is the time to hear about options for your next fundraiser! 

    Join us and hear from development professionals from the Stanley-Whitman House, the Florence Griswold Museum, and the Connecticut League of History Organizations on October 30th at the Stanley Whitman House in Farmington, CT. 

    See you there!

    • Wednesday, November 15, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Old Lyme Historical Society, 55 Lyme Street, Old Lyme

    Behind the Scenes at Old Lyme Historical Society: Renovations!

    Join CLHO's All-Volunteer Colleague Circle at the Old Lyme Historical Society for a panel discussion on the fundraising, purchasing, and renovating - with an emphasis on archival storage - of a buildingHear from members at the all-volunteer Old Lyme Historical Society as they share the history of their building, as well as the capital campaign that raised funds to purchase and renovate it, including the construction and development of their archival storage area. Included in the program are refreshments, Q&A, and a visit to their state-of-the-art archives and reading rooms.

    Please register by Tuesday, November 14th.

Past events

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 How a Disaster Helped Reinterpret a Historic House: Curator's Circle at the Shelton History Center
Thursday, August 31, 2017 Meet-Up and Catch-Up: StEPs-CT Alumni Circle
Monday, June 05, 2017 2017 CLHO Annual Conference & Award of Merit Luncheon
Monday, June 05, 2017 Become a 2017 Annual Conference Sponsor or Exhibitor
Thursday, May 18, 2017 Virtual Field Trips and Distance Learning for Museums
Wednesday, May 03, 2017 Social Media 101: Using Facebook as an Effective Tool for your Organization
Monday, May 01, 2017 Volunteer Organizations Colleague Circle: Meet Up and Discussion at Railroad Museum of New England
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Guided Tour of "SeaChange", the newest exhibit at Mystic Seaport & Behind the Scenes Collections Visit
Monday, April 24, 2017 "Caught on Camera": Museum Security Best Practices as Taught through Real Video Surveillance Footage
Monday, April 03, 2017 Exploring Connecticut Collections: A New Approach to Collections Management, Access and Digital Preservation PLUS Object Cataloging 101
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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