Events

Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, June 10, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Wednesday, September 02, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 12 sessions
    • Zoom
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    Join CLHO for all twelve of our Summer School webinars. Register for the whole Summer School curriculum at once, and just sit, back, relax, and tune in each week.

    If you prefer, you can register for individual sessions at $5 apiece. For a complete schedule, please visit the Summer School webpage.

    NOTE: We know many history museums and organizations are facing financial strain due to the pandemic. With this in mind, the complete 12-session CLHO Summer School is being offered at a reduced rate for League members.

    We are also providing a special COVID-19 promo code to waive individual session fees for those whose current financial situation requires it. Please visit the individual session pages for more information.

    We will get through this together.

    • Wednesday, August 12, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
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    In this panel presentation we will address the theme of stewardship by sharing methods and examples of how we involved residents in our award-winning, community-curated exhibit, “Washington Connecticut – An American Story”, how we interpreted and shared 10,000 years of our community’s stories, and the digital components we developed for the exhibit. We will relate how we created an inclusive exhibit that encompasses the history and communities of the five villages of Washington.

    Photo of the entrance to Washington, Connecticut An American Story exhibition

    Stephen Bartkus, Gunn Historical Museum Curator, will walk participants through the exhibit creation process – from writing the grant to the exhibit opening reception. He will share lessons learned, recommendations for participants who might be applying for a Good to Great grant, and the challenges we faced during the project.

    Community participation was key to the success of this exhibit and we will discuss the important role of volunteers and contributors. From early research all the way through installation of the exhibit, these community partners had a sense of ownership and played a vital role in the successful outcome. Learn how we engaged the community to shape the exhibit by sharing their family stories, artifacts, and oral histories. We will provide advice and recommendations for other organizations that are interested in getting their communities involved in their museums and exhibits.

    Julia Nable and Zoltan Csillag, exhibit designers from creative studio SandorMax, will discuss their experience of working with a local history museum to create a long-term exhibit covering the comprehensive history of a town. They will demonstrate their process for distilling 10,000 years of history into a limited physical space. They will relate their techniques for using compelling personal stories of individuals to tell a bigger story and make the exhibit topics come alive – sharing stories of Native Americans and colonists, the enslaved and abolitionists, immigrants and visionaries, soldiers and artists. They will also discuss materials, methods, and processes used to ensure the success of the exhibit within the challenges of an aggressive timeline, as well as advice for history organizations working with a professional exhibit designer.

    Participants:

    • Stephen Bartkus, Curator, Gunn Historical Museum
    • Julia Nable and Zoltan Csillag, Founders/Owners, SandorMax

    Stephen Bartkus     Julia Nable     Zoltan Csillag

    Sponsor: SandorMax is a creative agency that works with cultural organizations, museums, and municipalities to promote culture, history, and tourism. Our creative services include strategic planning, marketing, design, digital, and full-service museum exhibit designs.


    Zoom Information: Registrants will receive the Zoom webinar information via email prior to the event.

    • Friday, August 14, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
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    Health officials tell us that outdoor spaces can be safer than indoor ones during the pandemic. What creative uses are Connecticut history sites finding for their grounds, gardens, and neighborhoods? How are they enforcing safety when people gather? What lessons about outdoor programming are we learning that will continue to affect our practices into the future?

    We'll hear from Briann Greenfield (Executive Director, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center), David Rau (Director of Education and Outreach, Florence Griswold Museum), and Laurie Masciandaro (Site Manager, Roseland Cottage) about what they've been doing at their sites, and then open things up for a broader conversation. Bring your ideas and questions!


    • Wednesday, August 19, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
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    By telling their important stories with video—in exhibits and websites, on cellphones, tablets, desktops, and large-screen TVs—historical societies and museums can both leverage and future-proof their most important assets, the histories they steward.

    In this presentation, curators and managers of history and its artifacts will learn practical, creative and fiscal steps needed to tell their stories with professionally produced short-form narrative videos. 

    Converging trends have made high-quality video projects accessible to smaller organizations. Technological advances have made video production and display less expensive. Furthermore, short-form videos are more popular than ever. Most local stories can be told in less than five to ten minutes, a cost-effective running time.

    A still from the video

    Using the videos that he created for the East Haddam Historical Society, Ken Simon with museum Executive Director Marianne Halpin and June Plecan will unpack how they developed and produced the collaborative project, “Saving Land, Saving History.” The videos integrate museum assets (photos, films, video, maps, and documents) with new footage of historic objects and places, and video interviews with local history tellers. The videos will be a central exhibit component and distributed online.

    Production crew on site

    Project objectives include preserving significant local histories, while increasing impact and extending reach for the sponsoring organizations. Recording contemporary interviews with local people enhanced viewer engagement as well as added value through archiving the full interviews with transcriptions.

    The presenters will show how collaborations with businesses, community foundations, other local non-profits, state funders, and private individuals can help bring video projects like this to life.

    Participants:

    • Ken Simon, Producer/Writer/Director, SimonPure Media
    • Marianne Halpin, Executive Director, East Haddam Historical Society
    • June Plecan, Project Manager, East Haddam Historical Society

    Ken Simon     Marianne Halpin     June Plecan

    Sponsor: Capture, LLC is a visual marketing agency connecting talented Photographers, 3D/VR Creators, Videographers, Drone pilots and Editors with real estate professionals and businesses across the United States.


    Zoom Information: Registrants will receive the Zoom webinar information via email prior to the event.

    • Wednesday, August 26, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
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    As educational institutions, museums are stewards of the visitor learning process, responsible for encouraging individual cognitive growth by facilitating new discoveries, nurturing discussion, and offering opportunities for reflection. As a result of attending this workshop, participants will leave with a greater understanding of how visitors learn in museums as well as concrete techniques for supporting visitor learning processes.

    Museum educator Lisa Marcinkowski June will begin the workshop with a brief explanation of the learning processes that all adults engage in during their visits to history museums, namely recalling, meaning making, and puzzling. Participants will learn why each process is critical to the formation of long-term learning, as well as how they relate to each other. Marcinkowski June will share data from her dissertation research that illustrates what these different processes look and sound like coming from museum visitors.

    After the overview, Rebecca Taber-Conover, Head of Public Programs and History Day at Connecticut’s Old State House, will lead a discussion on strategies for supporting these visitor learning processes during programs, guided tours, and other forms of interpretation. The primary audience for this workshop would be those involved in education and interpretation. However, anyone interested in understanding and facilitating the learning process in museum visitors is welcome.  

    Participants:

    • Lisa Marcinkowski June, PhD Candidate in Adult Learning, UCONN
    • Rebecca Taber-Conover, Head of Public Programs and History Day, Connecticut's Old State House

    Lisa Marcinkowski June

    Sponsor: SandorMax is a creative agency that develops websites, brands and marketing strategies that build communities.

    SandorMax

    Zoom Information: Registrants will receive the Zoom webinar information via email prior to the event.

    • Wednesday, September 02, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
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    Shared stewardship and responsibility empowers communities to focus on historic resources that matter to them and serve as places where individuals find a sense of belonging, understanding and attachment. In this session, staff from the State Historic Preservation Office will identify tools and techniques for communities to take action on behalf of their important historic resources.

     Participants:

    • Todd Levine, Environmental Review/CT Freedom Trail and W3R Coordinator
    • Mary Dunne, Certified Local Government & Grants Coordinator
    • Jenny Scofield, National Register Coordinator

    • Marena Wisniewski, National Register Specialist/Architectural Historian


    Sponsor: Connecticut Explored is a magazine and podcast of Connecticut History.


    Zoom Information: Registrants will receive the Zoom webinar information via email prior to the event.

Connecticut League of History Organizations
Central Connecticut State UniversityDepartment of History
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06050
(860) 832-2674
info@clho.org

with support from
CTHumanities

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