Upcoming events

    • Monday, June 04, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut
    Registration is closed

    Register to become an exhibitor and/or sponsor of the 2018 CLHO Annual Conference on June 4, 2018, at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut.

    Please review sponsor and exhibitor benefits, and then complete your registration. Simply follow the instructions on the registration form. 

    Questions? Please contact Laurie Lamarre at director@clho.org, or call (860) 832-2674.

    Thank you! We look forward to seeing you at CLHO's Annual Conference, Debunk'd: History Myths & Mysteries: Offering Fresh Perspectives on Age-Old Issues, on Monday, June 4, 2018.

    • Monday, June 04, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    • Central Connecticut State University, 1615 Stanley Street, New Britain

    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. 

    But, do we?

    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 jump-start 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.


    8:15 am: Registration Opens            

    9:00 am: CLHO Annual Meeting

    10:00 am:  Breakout Session 1

    11:15 am: Keynote (Memorial Hall)

    12:15 pm: Lunch (Memorial Hall)

    1:30 pm: Breakout Session 2

    3:00 pm: Breakout Session 3

    4:15 pm: Conference Wrap-Up

    4:30 pm: Award of Merit Evening Reception (Memorial Hall)

    6:00 pm: Networking (Memorial Hall)

    KEYNOTE: Debunk’d: History, Memory, and Healing

    “History is written by the victors.”   ~Winston Churchill

    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?

    • What and How are Adult Visitors Learning at History Museums: In Their Own Words        
    • Museums & Social Media: A Legal Perspective   
    • Myth: The Record must be Perfect! Fact: Just Do It! Cataloging with CT Collections
    • Shared Resources: How Can We Collaborate to Save Money and Be More Effective?
    • Having Faith in the Process: Building Internal and External Trust to Create Organizational Change
    • Debunking Collections Mysteries and Myths       
    • Where's the Funding?             
    • Storytelling and Truth: Journalism in the Museum            
    • Debunking Myths about Refugees and Immigrants
    • National Mythology Through a Native Lens: Thanksgiving from Another Perspective
    • StEPs Reunion!
    • Seeing Change: Using Art to Teach History—Florence Griswold Museum’s SEE/change Project
    • Dark Stewardship: When Ghosts Become Part of the Collection  
    • Ban History Mysteries! 


    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 on this registration form. If you are an award winner and would like to attend the full conference at the discounted rate, then please contact Laurie Lamarre at director@clho.org at 860-832-2674 for the registration code.

    • Wednesday, June 13, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Simsbury Historical Society, 800 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury, CT 06070

    Learn about the Connecticut Collections project, the CLHO's tool for organizations to manage and catalog their collections and share them with the public online. This session will provide an overview of how the database and online portal work, and will help you decide if your organization would like to participate. 

Past events

Monday, April 30, 2018 Connection Collections (CTCo) Meet-Up & Training
Thursday, April 26, 2018 Learning, Creating, and Having Fun: Museums as Social Hubs with CT Museum Educators Roundtable
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Twitter 101 Workshop - CANCELLED
Sunday, April 08, 2018 Red Carpet Premiere - Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero!
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 #CTPlaces Advocacy Day
Monday, March 05, 2018 Connection Collections (CTCo) Meet-Up & Training
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Behind-the-Scenes at The Stowe Center
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Behind the Scenes at Old Lyme Historical Society: Renovations!
Monday, October 30, 2017 Sweet Secrets to Fundraising and Appeals: Marketing and Development Colleague Circle
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Meet-Up and Catch-Up: StEPs-CT Alumni Circle
Monday, October 02, 2017 Lesser-Heard Voices: Fall 2017 CMER Meeting
Monday, September 25, 2017 Meet-Up and Catch-Up: StEPs-CT Alumni Circle
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 How a Disaster Helped Reinterpret a Historic House: Curator's Circle at the Shelton History Center
Thursday, August 31, 2017 Meet-Up and Catch-Up: StEPs-CT Alumni Circle
Monday, June 05, 2017 2017 CLHO Annual Conference & Award of Merit Luncheon
Monday, June 05, 2017 Become a 2017 Annual Conference Sponsor or Exhibitor
Thursday, May 18, 2017 Virtual Field Trips and Distance Learning for Museums
Wednesday, May 03, 2017 Social Media 101: Using Facebook as an Effective Tool for your Organization
Monday, May 01, 2017 Volunteer Organizations Colleague Circle: Meet Up and Discussion at Railroad Museum of New England
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Guided Tour of "SeaChange", the newest exhibit at Mystic Seaport & Behind the Scenes Collections Visit
Monday, April 24, 2017 "Caught on Camera": Museum Security Best Practices as Taught through Real Video Surveillance Footage
Monday, April 03, 2017 Exploring Connecticut Collections: A New Approach to Collections Management, Access and Digital Preservation PLUS Object Cataloging 101
Monday, March 20, 2017 CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER: Volunteer Organizations Colleague Circle: Meet Up and Discussion at the Solomon Goffe House, Meriden, CT
Thursday, January 26, 2017 History Unfolded, Holocaust Newspaper Project
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 Serving Visitors with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Winter CMER Meeting
Thursday, January 05, 2017 Guided Tour of the exhibit "Art & Industry in Early America, Rhode Island Furniture, 1650-1830" at the Yale Art Gallery
Monday, December 05, 2016 Volunteer Organizations Colleague Circle: Meet Up and Discussion at the Rocky Hill Historical Society
Friday, November 04, 2016 The Law and its Effect on Museums, Historic Houses & Historical Societies
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Marketing & Development Colleague Circle: Meet the Experts!
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 Curator's Colleague Circle at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center: Storage of Your Dreams!
Monday, October 03, 2016 WWI Centennial Commemoration Show & Tell Workshop
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 The Anatomy of a Field Trip: Fall CMER Meeting
Thursday, September 08, 2016 Volunteer Organizations Colleague Circle: Meet Up and Discussion at the Meriden Historical Society
Monday, June 06, 2016 2016 CLHO Annual Conference & Award of Merit Luncheon
Monday, June 06, 2016 Become an Annual Conference Sponsor or Exhibitor
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 Connecting with the New Social Studies Frameworks: What Historical Societies, Museums and Libraries Need to Know
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 Summer Programming for Kids, Teens, and Families: Spring CMER Meeting
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 Development and Marketing -- Cheerleaders of Your Institution
Thursday, April 07, 2016 Volunteer Organizations Colleague Circle: Meet Up and Discussion at the Thomas Darling House
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Rally for Humanities, Heritage, Preservation and Library Funding!
Tuesday, February 09, 2016 Collections Colleague Circle: Quick Tips for Collections Care & Management
Thursday, December 10, 2015 Museum Education in Connecticut: What's New? What's Next?
Friday, November 20, 2015 Volunteer Organization Colleague Circle: Stump the Experts!
Monday, November 09, 2015 Collections Colleague Circle: Old Loans & Other Ownership Tangles
Monday, November 02, 2015 Directors Colleague Circle (Small/Medium Organizations): Navigating the Relationship Between the Director & the Board
Monday, June 29, 2015 No Lectures! Creating Meaningful Experiences at Historic House Museums and Other Cultural Sites
Monday, June 01, 2015 2015 CLHO Annual Conference & Award of Merit Luncheon
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 History Rally Day at the State Capitol
Monday, February 23, 2015 Directors! Consultants! and Boards! Oh My!
Friday, June 01, 1990 1990 Annual Meeting

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

Email: info@clho.org

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