Upcoming events

    • Monday, March 20, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Solomon Goffe House, 677 North Colony Street, Meriden, CT 06450
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    It's nearly spring 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 effect us, especially during winter in Connecticut!

    The Solomon Goffe House

    Monday, March 20, 2017    

    10 am to noon

    Discussion Topic: How can we make historic house museums more attractive to the public, and increase repeat visitation?

    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 Goffe House...The oldest house in Meriden was built by Solomon Goffe in 1711. It is a gambrel style house with rich Historical features such as original raised field paneling and floor boards and Connecticut own built in cupboard with lobed shelves. The rooms in the house are furnished as they would have been when the Goffe family lived there. There is a parlor on the north, with a small entry at the front. Around 1810, the house was extended by the Clark family to include the north wing, a parlor with all its original paneling and a kitchen. These rooms are furnished as they would have been at that time.

    • 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
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    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.


    • 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.


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