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CLHO 2016 Annual Conference

 How-to, What's new, What's next?

  Exploring Our Collections

Four Points by Sheraton, Meriden, Connecticut

Monday, June 6, 2016


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Call for Proposals





1st Time Attendees 



The Annual CLHO conference attracts more than 150 museum professionals, board members and volunteers representing the over 400 history museums, historical societies, historic sites, historic house museums, libraries and archives in Connecticut.

This full-day conference offers an Exhibitor and Vendor Hall, the Award of Merit Luncheon and Awards presentation, and opportunities for net-working with people just like you


Our collections are central to our organization’s existences; they shape mission and vision, and define our values. They share stories and connect the past to the present in our communities, and they also demand our day-to-day attentions and resources. Join the Connecticut League of History Organization on June 6, 2016 for a how-to, why and what we endeavor to “collect, preserve and interpret” in the 21st century. Share basic practices with colleagues as you converse about your experiences – inspirations to tribulations! Learn hands-on skills and take your first (or next) steps to resolving collections accessibility for your organization. Examine the needs of today in order to collect, preserve and interpret your collections for the future. 


Proposals are due December 12, 2015. Deadline extended to January 15, 2016.  Click here for full information. 


Moderated by nationally known museum leader Laura Roberts, a panel of distinguished guests will explore the question, "What does it mean to be a curator in today's world?" Our 2016 panelists are Stephanie Plunkett, Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Norman Rockwell Museum; Dr. Christopher A. Norris, Division of Vertebrate Paleontology, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History; and Greg Colati, Senior Director, Archives, Special Collections, and Digital Curation, University of Connecticut. Panel participants will present a brief talk, which will be followed by questions and discussion.


Registration is now closed. Conference registration includes a continental breakfast, served lunch, and afternoon coffee.


It can be daunting to walk into a large conference on your own! If you or your organization is new to the CLHO, please let us know when you register, or even when you sign in. We're happy to assign you a "buddy" who will make sure that you've met new colleagues and be there to answer any questions. 


Drinking Around Museums, Hartford, will host an after-conference event at the conference center's pub and restaurant, Silver City Sports Bar & Grille. This is a great time to relax, and hang out with colleagues and skip the rush hour traffic. 


This year's conference will return to the Four Points by Sheraton hotel, located at 275 Research Parkway in Meriden, CT. There is ample parking located on the premises.


Four Points by Sheraton Meriden

2016 Conference Sponsors  

Heritage Partner

CT Explored Magazine 

Keynote Presentation

New England Insurance Services

Award of Merit Presentation Sponsor

Connecticut Humanities

Hands-on Workshop

Innovative Document Imaging

Nest Egg Auctions

Tote Bag Sponsor

CT Explored Magazine

Morning Coffee Break

CTDA: Connecticut Digital Archive

Afternoon Coffee Break

Museum Insights

Break-Out Session 


Rosewood Chamber Ensemble


Conference Sessions


Archives 1, 2, 3 with the Connecticut State Historical Records Advisory Board 

Deaccessioning 101: Pitfalls & Benefits 

Slavery & Witchcraft: Building Connections to the Past & Present with Primary Sources 

Sparking Curiosity: Imaginative Ways to Engage People with Artifacts 

Like Magic! Collections "Quick-Tips" On the Go 

Museum Volunteers: Experiences, Challenges & Opportunities  

Making Museum Programs Accessible @The Matt 

Exploring Our Collections: Storytelling via Multiple Media Outlets 

From Square Blocks to Carved Props 

Introducing Connecticut Collections: Open Source, On-line Database 

When Disaster Strikes: Before & After 

Extra, Extra, Read All About It! Using 2-D Collections in Educational Programming


Conference Exhibitors


Come Home to Connecticut

Connecticut Digital Archives

Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project, CT State Library

Connecticut Explored Magazine

Connecticut Humanities

Connecticut Preservation Alliance

Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation

History Press

Innovative Document Imaging

Museum Insights: Master Planning for Museums

New England Insurance Services, Inc.

Northeast Document Conservation Center

Rosewood Chamber Ensemble

Vista Group International

Wesleyan Press










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

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