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Class is in session!

The 2020 Annual Conference is cancelled, but we're offering up many of the sessions as part of CLHO Summer School, a weekly webinar series that kicks off June 10th at 1 p.m.

Learn from your CLHO colleagues and other museum, history, and cultural heritage professionals from around the state and region. Just like the conference, you can pick and choose what sessions you want to attend.

Sign up for all sessions of CLHO's Summer School is available for Members for $50, and $60 for Non-Members. Sign up for all sessions here! The sessions are available separately for just $5, and gets you access to the Zoom link, as well as a recording of the webinar for your reference.

We know many history museums and organizations are facing financial strain due to the pandemic. With this in mind, the 12-session CLHO Summer School is being offered at a reduced the registration fee for members. We are also providing a special COVID-19 promo code to waive individual session fees for those whose current financial situation requires it. We will get through this together.


June 10: Connecticut's Historic Gardens: The Challenges of Preserving the Past while Looking Towards the Future

Connecticut’s Historic Gardens members face complex challenges trying to honor the past authentically while adapting to present and future needs. The panel will consist of four members and a moderator from the consortium. The panel will be organized with brief statements followed by questions and discussion with the audience. It will be of interest to historicorganizations grappling with similar concerns and shared experiences.


Andres A. Verzosa, Executive Director, Stanley-Whitman House

Tammi Flynn, Director of Marketing, Florence Griswold Museum

Elizabeth Giard Burgess, Director of Collections & Research, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

Lynn Mervosh, Site Administrator, Connecticut Landmarks’ Phelps-Hatheway House and Garden

Rose Riley, Gardener, Webb Deane Stevens Museum

Sponsor:  SandorMax

June 17Donor Stewardship: Getting Viral and Vocal

When COVID-19 forced us to salvage and redirect our development activities, we faced new challenges with stewardship.  We need to reshape and reinvigorate the ways we acknowledge, recognize, and communicate with our donors. Three museum professionals will discuss low-cost and no-cost, ongoing and new efforts in response to COVID-19 to include inyour long-term stewardship plan.  Representing small and larger institutions, the presenters include a part-time consultant, a team member of a three-person development office, and a curator who shares development responsibilities at a museum with no dedicated fundraising staff.


Megan Olver, Manager of Membership & Annual Fund, Hill-Stead Museum

John Avignone, Development Consultant, American Clock & Watch Museum, Bristol

Nick Foster, Associate Curator / Museum Administrator, Wilton Historical Society

Sponsor:  SandorMax

June 24: How to Handle (Almost) Everything

As stewards of our historic resources and cultural heritage materials, we are responsible for the long-term preservation of our collections materials. But how to handle different types or materials can be confusing.Using a relaxed and straightforward approach Bexx Caswell-Olson and Camille Myers Breeze will guide you through proper care and handling techniques for a wide variety of collections materials including documents, works of art on paper, photographs, bound volumes, historic clothing, quilts, and other textiles.  


Bexx Caswell-Olson, Director of Book Conservation, Northeast Document Conservation Center

Camille Myers Breeze, Director & Chief Conservator, Museum Textile Services

Sponsor:  TimeLooper

July 8: History Made By Us

Looking for ways to engage younger audiences with all that history has to offer? A new initiative, Made By Us develops avenues to reaching Millennials and Gen-Z, sharing history in catalytic ways so young people can use history as a tool for civic engagement. With over 60 partners across the USA, Made By Us builds connections between organizations so we can better share resources and data, be more responsive and audience-oriented, and collectively raise the profile of history organizations among young people. Program Manager Caroline Klibanoff will share more about what Made By Us is doing and how you can participate.


Caroline Klibanoff, Program Manager, Made By Us

Sponsor:  Connecticut Explored

July 15: Sharing Connecticut Stories

A true story about Connecticut’s past people, events or places can be told by portraying an individual, presenting various points of view, and in the lyrics of a song. Ann Shapiro will briefly discuss the history programs that the Connecticut Storytelling Center (CSC) offers and will talk about how the programs can be tailored to individual organizations. Because storytelling engages audiences of all ages, it can help connect the past to the present and the unfamiliar to universal human themes. Three storytellers will perform pieces from their repertoire.


Sally Rogers, Storyteller

Carolyn Stearn, Storyteller

Sponsor:  Connecticut Explored

July 22: Advancing Discovery and Use of Cultural Heritage Collections: Connecticut Collections Alliance 

The ability to create digital manifestations of cultural heritage materials and make them available online has put a plethora of resources within reach of those who seek to explore and understand the key movements, events, developments, people and places that comprise Connecticut History. Panelists will describe the project process and invite participants to suggest ways in which the project goals might continue to be advanced to support cultural heritage organizations in highlighting and improving discoverability of their collections.


Kathy Foulke, Digital Projects Specialist, Mystic Seaport Museum

Michael Kemezis, Connecticut Digital Archive Repository Manager

Diane Lee, Connecticut Collections Project Coordinator, Connecticut League of History Organizations

Sponsor:  Connecticut Explored

July 29: Stewarding the Story: Relevance in Interpretation

Using the Prudence Crandall Museum and the Eric Sloane Museum as case studies, panelists will describe their process of reinterpretation which is at different stages at both sites. Primarily geared to sites linked to bigger stories, this panel presentation will offer examples of what can be accomplished by a small team, as there is only one staff person per site.


Joanie DiMartino, Museum Curator & Site Superintendent, Prudence Crandall Museum, State of CT

Elizabeth G. Shapiro, Director of Arts, Preservation and Museums, Operations, Museums and Historic Preservation, State Historic Preservation Office, Department of Economic and Community Development, State of CT

Morgan Bengel, Museum Curator, Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine, State of CT 

Andrew Rowand, Museum Assistant, Eric Sloane Museum, State of CT

Sponsor:  State Historic Preservation Office

August 5: Historic Preservation in a Changing Environment

The State Historic Preservation Office recently considered how change in the natural, regulatory, economic, technological, demographic, and social environment influences historic preservation practice in the state. We saw shared stewardship, the theme of our statewide historic preservation plan, as a way to address persistent uncertainty. Staff from the State Historic Preservation office will give short presentations based on current work within this framework followed by an open question and answer discussion.


Catherine Labadia, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer and Staff Archaeologist

Erin Fink, Architectural Preservationist, Connecticut State Historic, Preservation Office

Sponsor:  Connecticut Explored

August 12: It Takes Five Villages - Creating a Long-term Exhibit about the History of a Town

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.


Stephen Bartkus, Curator, Gunn Historical Museum

Julia Nable and Zoltan Csillag, Founders/Owners, SandorMax

August 19: How to Future-Proof Your Stories with Narrative Video

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.


Ken Simon, Producer/Writer/Director, SimonPure Media

Marianne Halpin, Executive Director, East Haddam Historical Society

June Plecan, Project Manager, East Haddam Historical Society

Sponsor:   Capture LLC

August 26: How to be a Steward for the Visitor Learning Process: Strategies for Facilitating Meaning Making

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.


Lisa Marcinkowski June, PhD Candidate in Adult Learning, UCONN

Rebecca Taber-Conover, Head of Public Programs and History Day, Connecticut's Old State House

Sponsor:  SandorMax

Thanks to all our Summer School Sponsors!

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