The Annual CLHO conference attracts more than 200 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 networking with people just like you.
In today’s climate of unrelenting media, questions of what’s fake news or real news, the cloying clutter of internet trolls, as well as the “unvetted information on demand” internet generation, our history organizations provide a grounding of reality for our visitors with truth as conveyed by our facts and artifacts.
What is the role that history organizations play in getting the “truth" out there, and preserving today’s truths for the future? Do your labels, docents, AND programs offer truth to your audience, and, whose truth is it? Have you ever come across an unbreakable mystery – or myth – in your organization? Did it hold you or your organization back? What assumptions do you have about your visitors, your board, your finances, or your collections that close doors on new opportunities? Do you have a history mystery, professional skill, or trick of the trade that you’d like to share?
Get ready to debunk some of the issues and challenges of the past – and jumpstart your future! With insight from our colleagues, we hope to turn “can’t do,” “won’t work,” “why try” - into “can do,” “will work,” and “let’s go” practices.
This year's conference will be at our new home, Central Connecticut State University, located at 1615 Stanley Street in New Britain, Connecticut. There is ample parking located on the premises.
SCHEDULE AT A GLACE
KEYNOTE: Debunk’d: History, Memory, and Healing
Please join CLHO for our annual conference keynote, facilitated by Jamal Jimerson of the Minority Inclusion Project, with panelists Lorén Spears (Tomaquag Museum), Matthew Warshaeur (Professor of History, Central Connecticut State University), and Braden Paynter (International Coalition of Sites of Conscience), for an intriguing discussion about the practice of history and preserving memories, and how opening doors can open minds to stronger community connections.
In today’s contemporary times of heightened anxiety and the increase of the “with us or against us” mentality, the people and places that practice and present history (historians, historical societies, and museums) are spending valuable time considering what to preserve, what to say, and how to present it.
Can history help heal our divisions? Or will our perceptions and memories of historic events further the divide? How can our field, with our interests, skills, and authentic experiences help bring relief to our communities?
SESSIONS AT A GLANCE (PRELIMINARY CONFERENCE PROGRAM)
AWARDS OF MERIT EVENING RECEPTION
Please join CLHO in honoring this year's Award of Merit winners at an evening reception from 4:30pm to 6:00pm on June 4, 2018 in the Constitution Room at Memorial Hall at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. Refreshments to be served; cash bar.
Award of Merit winners receive one free admission to the evening reception. Additional tickets to the evening reception may be purchased. Please contact Laurie Lamarre at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 860-832-2674 for the evening reception-only registration code.
AWARDS OF MERIT
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Award of Merit Presentation Sponsor
Tote Bag Sponsor
Conference Program Sponsors
Morning Coffee Break
Afternoon Coffee Break
Conference Fun Sponsor
Exhibitors & Vendor Hall
Central Connecticut State University
Thank you to our 2018 Annual Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors!