Upcoming events

    • Monday, May 01, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Railroad Museum of New England, 242 Main Street, Thomaston, CT 06787
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    Spring has sprung and it's time to reconnect with your colleagues - volunteers at the many Connecticut Historical Societies run only by volunteers!

    Is your heritage organization run by volunteers? If so, you are welcome to join in the discussion at the CLHO's Colleague Circle for All-Volunteer History Organizations! This is an informal gathering to share news and success stories, ask questions, brainstorm solutions and combat the feelings of isolation that affect us, especially during winter in Connecticut!

    Monday, May 1, 2017    

    Railroad Museum of New England

    10 am to noon

    Discussion Topic: The discussion topic of the day will be a show/tell and share of tips and techniques that you use to make your exhibits and displays look fresh and attractive. Please feel free to bring photographs, examples and any other show and tell items you might have. Want to come to simply learn? That's fine!  

    Registration is strongly encouraged (so we can set up enough chairs.) Free! 

    The discussion agenda for future meetings is set by the group, and facilitated by the host organization and CLHO staff and board members. Refreshments will be provided, and conversation will be lively. All attendees are invited to stay for a tour of the museum after the meeting. You may even bring a brown-bag lunch and stick around for further informal discussion.  

    This is your opportunity to meet people who face the same joys and challenges that you face every day as a leader and volunteer. We hope you can join the discussion and learn in an informal, collegial atmosphere.

    About the Railroad Museum of New England 

    We’re a not-for-profit educational and historical organization whose mission is to tell the story of the region’s rich railroad heritage through our educational exhibits and operation of the Naugatuck Railroad.

    Founded January 1968 as the Connecticut Valley Railroad Association, we are more than 500 members strong and growing. Our museum includes a diverse collection representative of New England railroading including locomotives, passenger and freight cars, and cabooses. 

    The original Naugatuck Railroad was chartered in 1845, and opened in 1849 between Bridgeport and Winsted, adjacent to the Naugatuck River. Changing economic climates over the years led to a number of ownership changes until regular service north of Waterbury ended in 1995.

    Around the same time, after three decades of preserving and restoring New England’s railroad heritage, we were looking for a new home, and we chose Thomaston.   The old Naugatuck Railroad name was restored by state charter, and the new Naugatuck Railroad was incorporated June 7, 1995 as a wholly owned subsidiary of RMNE.  Our first passenger trains ran in October of 1996 and continue to be a popular attraction.

    We currently operate between Thomaston and the Waterville section of Waterbury. 

    Our beautiful Victorian station was built in 1881 by the original Naugatuck Railroad to serve the growing community of Thomaston. Passengers last used the station in 1958, and after years of neglect the station later fell victim to a fire set by vandals in 1993.

    Since operations on the new Naugatuck Railroad commenced in 1996, our volunteers have cleaned and stabilized the structure in preparation for a full restoration. With your support, we can meet our goal of restoring Thomaston as a complete and functional railroad station of the 1950s.

    Our restoration shop is nearing completion after several years of planning and construction by RMNE volunteers. With two through tracks, an inspection pit, wide work areas, good lighting, full insulation and heating, this modern shop will enable restoration and maintenance work to take place year-round on our collection of vintage locomotives and cars.

    • Wednesday, May 03, 2017
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Avon Public Library

    CLHO Colleague Circle: Development/Marketing

    Wednesday, May 3 from 10:30-12:30 p.m.
    Community Room, Avon Public Library 281 Country Club Road, Avon, CT

    Social Media Basics: Using Facebook as an effective tool for your Organization

    Facebook is an ever-changing social media platform that can be an effective tool for your organization. Want to learn more about how it can be useful for your organization? Have a Facebook page, but are not sure how to use it? Come to this informal session that will take you through the basics of using Facebook. Bring a laptop/ipad and some ideas you have for posts (including text, images) and we will take you through the step-by-step process of building an effective post. Event and post creation, “liking,” “sharing,” and other Facebook methods will be covered. Participants will come away with a better understanding of how Facebook works and how to use it as an extension of your organization’s online presence. Facebook is your friend! Come learn how to make it work for you!

    This workshop is designed to be "hands-on" so we encourage you to come equipped with your Facebook administrator permissions, and a laptop or ipad (or other internet-enabled device.) Light refreshments will be served.

    • Thursday, May 18, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Connecticut Science Center, 250 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, CT

     Virtual Field Trips and Distance Learning for Museums
    Thursday, May 18, 2017
    1:00-3:00 PM
    Connecticut Science Center
    250 Columbus Blvd, Hartford

    Looking for ways to reach audiences outside your museum walls? Curious what other museums are doing in the area of distance learning? Wondering just how “techie” you need to be to pull off virtual field trips? Want to hear a teacher’s perspective on virtual experiences in the classroom? Come spend an inspiring afternoon with the Connecticut Museum Educator Roundtable (CMER) and Connecticut League of History Organizations (CLHO) exploring these topics and more!

    Our virtual guest presenter will be Andrew Majewski, Education Specialist at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University. Andy will discuss his museum’s goals in developing virtual field trip experiences, some of the challenges they faced, and solutions they discovered. He will offer practical advice and resources for developing web-based streaming gallery programs on a small budget and with limited staff, and he will demonstrate some of what schools experience when they book a program.

    Our live guest presenter will be Laura Krenicki, a middle-school social studies teacher at William J. Johnston Middle School in Colchester and 2016 winner of the Excellence in Social Studies Education Award for grades K-8 from the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies. Laura will discuss what she looks for in a distance learning experience for both her students and herself as an educator and will describe the virtual field trip she piloted with Mystic Seaport.

    Participants may bring a brown bag lunch. Subway is also available on the lobby level. Passes will be available for those who wish to tour the Connecticut Science Center on their own following the program.



    There is ample, convenient parking in a garage directly below the Connecticut Science Center. Park your car and take the elevator to the Lobby Level to enter the Science Center. There is an hourly fee to park in the garage ($3 for the first hour and $2 for every hour thereafter.)

    The parking garage is located on Grove Street, right next to the Science Center.

    • 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 or call 860-685-7595.


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

    Thrive & Strive!

    Strategies for Success in Your Organization

    Monday June 5, 2017
        Four Points Sheraton, 275 Research Highway, Meriden
    What makes your organization thrive? Perhaps a strong vision and well-articulated values guide your core mission, or remarkable programs and creative exhibitions strengthen your connections with the community. On the inside, perhaps it’s your wise resource management, an effective Board of Directors, inspirational leadership, or thoughtful strategic planning. No matter the ways your organization thrives, strategies for success—and success born of failure—are important. The Connecticut League of History Organizations invites you to share your insights at the CLHO Annual Conference on June 5, 2017. T​ he full-day conference is the perfect opportunity to discover practical advice, skills, and to participate in discussions, as well as network with your colleagues. Share your inspiring, practical success stories to help shape a thriving future for our field. It’s inspiring! 

    Conference sessions at a glance... 

    Old Homes/New Stages: Site Specific Theater at an Historic House Museums, Carol Ward, Executive Director and Vincent Carbone, Public Programming and Events Manager, at Morris-Jumel Mansion

    Building Community: How an Exhibit Opens Doors to a New Community, Ilene Frank and Ben Gammell, Connecticut Historical Society, with Elizabeth DeRosa, American School for the Deaf

    Hidden in the Midden: Taking Advantage of an Unexpected Opportunity, Elizabeth Malloy, Haddam Historical Society, with Bonnie Plourde, Independent Archaeologist

    Teach Local: Academics, Museums & Schools Working Together, Christine Jewell, Fairfield Museum and History Center, with Elizabeth Normen, Connecticut Explored Magazine

     Archives and Artifacts: A Library and Museum Collaborate to Create the P.T. Barnum Digital Collection, Adrienne Saint-Pierre, Susan Luchars, and Meghan Rinn of the Barnum Museum, with Elizabeth Van Tuyl, Bridgeport History Center    

    How did you DO that?: Inspirational Projects
    Sophie Huget, Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society

    How to Give the Best Presentation EVER!
    Dan Yaeger, Executive Director, New England Museum Association

    Authentic Architecture: Historic Preservation & Museums
    Jane Montenaro, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, Charles Lyle, Executive Director, Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, Office of the SHPO 

    Exhibitions Spotlight, Elysa Engleman, Director of Exhibits, Mystic Seaport, Jennifer Simpson, Executive Director, Madison Historical Society, Rachel Carley, Research Consultant, Southbury Historical Society, Daniel J. Broyld, Assistant Professor of History, CCSU         

    Good Governance: Your Key Strategy for Success
    Michael Campbell, Consultant

    ...12 Breakout sessions, continental breakfast in the Exhibitor Hall, Award of Merit Luncheon, Afternoon Coffee Break in the Exhibitor Hall, Museum Field Overview, Networking...all for one low price!





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