2024 Annual Conference

Unity and Belonging: The Power of Interconnection

Monday, June 3, 2024  | Central Connecticut State University

Registration is now open for our 2024 conference! Sponsor and exhibitor opportunities are also available.




Conference Theme

Our conference theme is "Unity and Belonging: The Power of Interconnection." Our theme centers our strategic goals of unity and belonging to explore the power of museums and museum people when we come together as one diverse community. You can read more about the theme in our call for session proposals.


Register for the conference by May 29 to secure your spot at the best price! As always, presenters, members, and students receive discounted registration. We also have volunteer opportunities and scholarships available.

New this year: Support our conference scholarship fund by registering as a supporter at the $100 level. You'll get full registration to the conference while helping newcomers and those in need attend.

Supporter: $100

Regular: $90

Member: $75

Presenter: $55

Student: $45

Volunteer Opportunities: Those who volunteer to work for 2 hours assisting with the conference may receive free registration. Please contact emily@clho.org for more information.

NEW! Scholarships: We will have some funds available to provide free registration to a limited number of conference newcomers and those in need. To apply for a scholarship, please fill out the online scholarship form. Then, register as you normally would and select "Invoice Me". You will be contacted letting you know if you have been selected. Scholarship applications are due by May 20th.

Advance registration closes on May 29th. Attendees may register at the door the day of the conference at a higher rate, but may not receive a lunch.

Sponsorships and Exhibitor Tables

We have a great sponsorship program this year that includes new and exciting benefits for our supporters. Ads in the conference program start at $100. Check out our full sponsorship package for details. You can sign up online or contact emily@clho.org for more information.

Exhibitor tables in our beautiful atrium start at $100 and come with a table, tablecloth, two chairs, conference registration, and acknowledgement in the program and conference website. We'll be doing our Marketplace Passport initiative again to encourage attendees to stop by all booths to get their passport initialed by exhibitors. Completed passports will be entered in our prize drawing at the end of the day.

If you or your organization would like to donate a prize for the chance drawing, email Emily at emily@clho.org.

Conference Highlights

Opening Plenary and Annual Business Meeting

We'll be kicking off the day with an inspiring opening plenary where we'll share our new logo for the very first time. We'll also elect our new board slate at the annual meeting of the membership. Information about the Annual Business Meeting will be shared with all active members via email.

Museum Marketplace

Exhibitors of all stripes will fill our light-filled atrium. In your registration packet, you will receive a special Marketplace Passport. Get your passport initialed by at least 15 exhibitors before the end of the day, and you will be entered in a drawing for a number of prizes provided by our exhibitors, sponsors, and board members and their institutions.

Book Sale and Signing

Visit the CLHO and CCSU Public History tables for a special book sale and signing! CLHO will be selling copies of Interpreting Energy at Museums and Historic Sites by CCSU's own Dr. Leah S. Glaser, and she will be available to sign your copy. The list price for the book is $47; we'll be selling it at the exclusive discounted price of $35.

Schedule at a Glance

A full schedule of breakout sessions will be available shortly. All sessions/events take place in Willard-DiLoreto Hall unless otherwise noted. View a PDF of the full preliminary schedule, including session descriptions and themed tracks.

8:00 Registration and Museum Marketplace open, coffee + pastries

9:00–9:30 Welcome, Opening Plenary and Annual Business Meeting (Torp Theater, Davidson Hall)

9:30–10:00 Coffee Break

10:00–11:00 Breakout Session 1

11:00–11:30 Coffee Break

11:30–12:30 Breakout Session 2

12:30–2:00 Lunch (w/ optional meetups from 1:00–1:45)

2:00–3:00 Breakout Session 3

3:00–3:30 Coffee/Snack Break

3:30–4:30 Breakout Session 4

4:30–6:30 Closing Reception and Prize Drawing (off-site)

Session Tracks

Track A: Citizen Engagement

Track B: Shared Authority

Track C: Museum Work, Museum Workers

Track D: The Power of Story

Track E: Hands On

Location Information

The bulk of the conference will take place in Willard-DiLoreto Hall on the campus of Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. Our opening plenary will take place in the Torp Theater, located next door in Davidson Hall. We are planning a closing reception in coordination with Drinking About Museums at a nearby venue.

Directions & Parking

Willard-DiLoreto Hall is located in the southwest corner of campus (WD on the PDF map linked above), and Davisdon Hall (LD on the map) is just next door. The closest parking is in the Willard-DiLoreto garage (WDG on the map), which is connected via a pedestrian bridge to the third floor of the building.

There are two other entrances to the building: one on the east side that brings you in on the first floor, and one on the west side that brings you in on the second floor. The registration desk will be located at the first-floor entrance, so we recommend entering from that side of the building. Both entrances will bring you into the atrium, though, and it is straightforward to get down to the first floor from the second-floor entrance.

Internet Access

You may connect to CCSU's public wireless network, ccsu-public, throughout the day. You will need to create a guest account when you arrive, and a password will be emailed to you.

For Presenters

All breakout sessions will take place in classrooms on the second floor of Willard-DiLoreto. Every classroom is equipped with a computer, podium, projector, and screen. You are welcome to bring your own laptop and hook it up to the projection system, but we recommend using the computer in the classroom, as this avoids any potential problems around connectors/dongles/cables. Login information for the podium computers will be posted in every classroom.

If you are planning to use the computer in the classroom, you may bring your presentation on a USB drive or upload it to the cloud (your email, Google Drive, etc.) and download it to the classroom computer once you arrive. If you are planning to show a video, we recommend that you make that video accessible through a web link (e.g. a private YouTube link).

Staff and volunteers will be on hand to assist you with any technical challenges.

For Exhibitors

Exhibitor setup begins at 7:30 a.m. You may park temporarily in the circle in front of Willard-DiLoreto Hall, just off Manafort Drive (location G on this map), for convenient unloading and loading. Please plan on parking your vehicle in the Willard-DiLoreto Garage for the remainder of the day.

Your table will be located in the Atrium and will be indicated with your name.

Thank you to our sponsors:


Connecticut League of Museums
Central Connecticut State UniversityDepartment of History
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06050
(860) 832-2674

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