About Our Annual Conference 

CLHO's Annual Conference attracts well over 200 museum professionals, board members and volunteers representing more than 400 history museums, historical societies, historic sites and house museums, libraries, archives, and organizations in allied fields.  This full-day conference includes Keynote presenters, concurrent sessions of workshops and panel discussions, and opportunities for networking with others during lunch and throughout the day.  The conference also includes an Exhibitor and Vendor Hall where you can learn about projects, products, and services to help you and your organization. Our popular Raffle allows organizations and individuals to donate outstanding gifts that bring awareness to their work, joy to the lucky winners, and added support to CLHO!

The 2019 CLHO Annual Conference will be held on Monday, June 3, 2019


New Approaches to Sharing History

To Reboot: start something again in a way that is new and interesting

To Revamp:give new and improved form, structure, or appearance

To Revitalize: to imbue something with new life and vitality

It’s time for change. To begin anew. A fresh start.

Motivated by the siren song of new technology or by the desire to reach out to new audiences, Connecticut history organizations are reinventing themselves in meaningful and exciting ways. Visitors are part of this change – they crave more interactive experiences from historic institutions, from escape room antics to hands-on learning.

Has your organization started something over in a new and interesting way-- rebooted your exhibition schedule or annual fund-raising event? Have you given new form and structure to roles within your organization, or changed the appearance of your website, logo, labels--or revamped a volunteer recruiting and training program? Have you dusted off a traditional approach and imbued it with new life and vitality--revitalized your school program in response to new research or curriculum frameworks? How did visitor evaluations, surveys, and anecdotal observations impact your thinking?

If you have taken a fresh look at perceived best practices and started tinkering with new or out-of-the-box ideas, we want you at RE3! Inspire others to take the risks you museum pioneers have taken by sharing success stories as well as lessons learned the hard way.

This full-day conference is the perfect opportunity to hear practical advice, learn new skills, and participate in active discussions with colleagues, as well as network with friends old and new. Let’s prove that history organizations statewide can celebrate the past in new and interesting ways.

Schedule at a Glance

7:30AM - 8:00AM - Exhibitor Set-Up 

 Located in Ebenezer D. Bassett Hall (former Social Science Hall) 

8:30AM - Registration and Exhibitors Open 

9:00AM-10:00AM - Breakout Session I 

10:00AM-10:30AM - Coffee Break in Marketplace/Demonstration Station 

10:30AM- 11:30AM Breakout Session II 

11:45AM-1:15PM - Lunch and Keynote featuring Ken Turino of Historic New England 

 Located in the Constitution Room 

1:30PM-2:30PM - Breakout Session III

2:30PM-3:00PM - Coffee Break in Marketplace/ Demonstration Station 

3:00PM-4:00PM - Breakout Session IV

4:15PM-4:30PM - Wrap-up and Raffle! 

5:00PM - Drinking About Museums

Sessions at a Glance 

9:00am-10:00am Session I

Track 1: Confronting History – Room 106

Witness Stones Project: Telling the Untold Story of Slavery in Connecticut

Dennis Culliton, Witness Stones Committee, Guilford

Elizabeth Devine and Tracey Wilson, Noah Webster House & West Hartford Witness Stones Project

Track 2: Working with Collections – Room 109

How Do We Even Start? Selection Strategies and Available Techniques for the Preservation of Paper-based Collections

Jean Baldwin, J. Baldwin Conservation, LLC

Sarah Griswold, Museum consultant and STEPS-CT Mentor

Track 3: Making It Work – Room 125

“E-Vitalize” Your Development Budget through Estate Gifts, Events, and Enterprise

John Avignone, American Clock & Watch Museum Kit Eves, Windham Textile and History Museum

Kira Holmes, Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport Museum

Track 4: New Audiences – Room 111

Immerse Yourself in History: Creating Immersive Theatre Experiences at Museum Sites

Diana Dunlap

Carly Dwyer, Artistic Director, Intramersive LLC 

Track 5: Reaching Out – Room 105 

Collaborations in a Virtual World

Melissa Josefiak, Essex Historical Society Hank McInerney, Essex Historical Society,

10:00am-10:30am Coffee Break in Marketplace/Demonstration Station

10:30am-11:30pm Session II

Track 1: Confronting History – Room 106

Commemorating History and Lore: New Programs in Connecticut

Joseph A. Citro, Vermont Author and FolkloristIlene Frank, Connecticut Historical Society Ellen McHale, New York Folklore Society

Andy Kolovos, Vermont Folklife Center

Kate Schramm, Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program

Track 2: Working with Collections – Room 109 

Bexx Caswell-Olson, Northeast Document Conservation Center

Track 3: Making It Work – Room 125

But How Do I Get Volunteers?

Sophie Huget, New Britain Industrial Museum Randall Judd, New Britain Industrial Museum

Track 4: New Audiences – Room 111

Embracing Change: A Creative Chameleon’s Approach to Education Programming On and Offsite

Julie Garvin-Riggs, Florence Griswold Museum

Track 5: Reaching Out – Room 105

Culture Change or Culture Shock?: Revitalizing Your Local Museum and How We’re Doing It

Beth Payne, The Dudley Farm Foundation

Nicole Carpenter, Westport Historical Society Alicia D’Anna, Westport Historical Society Ramin Ganeshram, Westport Historical Society

11:45-1:30pm Lunch and Keynote


Adrienne Saint Pierre, CLHO President Jason Mancini, CT Humanities Elizabeth Normen, CT Explored

Special Suffrage Centennial Remarks, Denise Merrill, Secretary of the State

KEYNOTE: Reinventing the Historic House Museum

Ken Turino, Manager of Community Engagement and Exhibitions, Historic New England

1:45pm-2:45pm Session III


Track 1: Confronting History – Room 106

Uncovering their History: Using Technology to Tell the Story of Hartford’s African and Native Americans in the Ancient Burying Ground

Dr. Katherine Hermes, Central Connecticut State University Mary Donohue, Ancient Burying Ground Association, Inc

Track 2: Working with Collections – Room 109

What’s Old Can Be New Again: Digitizing Your Collections

Diane Lee, CLHO-Connecticut Collections

Track 3: Making It Work – Room 125

Strategic Planning for Independent Museum Professionals

Leah Ceriello, Museum Textile Services, Andover, MA

Camille Myers Breeze, Museum Textile Services, Andover, MA

Track 4: New Audiences – Room 111

Revitalization through Shared Stewardship

Ellen Arnstein, 2018 Artist & Writer-in-Residence at Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine, CT State Historic Preservation Office

Morgan Bengel, Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine, CT State Historic Preservation OfficeBetsy Maguire, Freelance Writer

Kate Moran, Wildlife Biologist, Connecticut DEEP, Bureau of Natural Resources Sharon Wolf, School Librarian

Track 5: Reaching Out – Room 105

History Obsession: A House Museum and a Historical Society’s Approach to Educational Outreach

Janet M. Conner, Avon Historical Society Gene Macy, Avon Historical Society

Bonnie Plourde, Barnes Museum, Southington

Dr. Norman K. Sondheimer, Retired Computer Scientist

2:45pm-3:15pm Coffee Break in Marketplace/Demonstration Station

Drawing Winners Announced

3:15pm-4:15pm Breakout Session IV Track 1: Confronting History – Room 106

Diversifying Your Stories: How to Integrate the Hard History of Slavery into Your Programs

Melissa Houston, Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center

Cheyney McKnight, Consultant for Historical Interpretation & Cultural Awareness, NotYorMommasHistory.com

Track 2: Working with Collections – Room 109

As Real as Being There Using Cutting-Edge Technology to Educate, Market, Document & Preserve Historic Sites:3-D and Virtual Reality Experiences that Feel as Real as Being There

24 Frames Per Second: Preserving and Digitizing At-Risk Amateur Films

Tasha Caswell, Connecticut Historical Society

Michael Kemezis, University of Connecticut, Homer Babbidge Library

Tony Healy, President / CEO, Capture LLC 

Track 3: Making It Work – Room 125 Advocacy Session with CTH & NEMA

Do you feel prepared to advocate for your museum or historical society’s best interests? Come hear the latest updates about state and federal funding and pending legislation from Dr. Jason R. Mancini from Connecticut Humanities and Jane Montanaro from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. Then, the New England Museum Association will share tips, strategies, and suggestions for reaching out to and forming strong relationships with your local, state, and federal legislators.

Scott Wands, CTH

Track 4: New Audiences – Room 111

Everything Old is New Again

Gail White Usher, Historic New England’s Roseland Cottage and Arnold House (Lincoln, Rhode Island)

Rebecca Campbell, Historic New England’s Roseland Cottage and Arnold House

Track 5: Reaching Out – Room 105

Creative Ways to Engage your Audience

Mary Donohue, Connecticut Explored magazine

Christine Gauvreau, Project Coordinator, CT Digital Newspaper Project, CT State Library Estelle Kafer, Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford

4:30pm End of Day


5:00pm Drinking About Museums

More info HERE

Five Churches Brewing, 193 Arch Street, New Britain193 Arch Street, New Britain

Registration open until midnight May 27, 2019!!

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