Collections Colleague Circle
Monday, November 9, 10 am - noon, Litchfield Historical Society
The first meeting of CLHO’s Collections Colleague Circle will take place at the Litchfield Historical Society on Monday, November 9, 2015, from 10 a.m. to noon. Colleague Circle meetings are open to all CLHO members, regardless of your job title or volunteer position, but they are designed to focus on topics and issues of interest to particular groups. If you are a Collections Manager, Curator, Registrar, or if you wear any or all of these hats at your institution--or you are just interested in the meeting topic--we invite you to attend this Colleague Circle meeting. Over the course of a year, three or four meetings will be hosted by Circle participants at different sites, with the topics to be guided by the group’s interests.
The November 9th discussion will center on issues pertaining to old collections loans and establishing ownership of collection items that lack Deeds of Gift or other source documents. If you have ever had a mysterious “drop off” at your museum—an artifact that someone left on your doorstep without any contact information—you know that dealing with your new “acquisition” poses a variety of problems. And loans of artifacts made twenty or thirty years ago?—maybe you considered them long closed out, but the lender or their descendant isn’t so sure. Since our discussion will be fairly informal, we do invite you to come prepared with a situation (and hopefully, a resolution, solution, or advice) to share. We will also talk about CT’s relatively new legislation pertaining to museums and abandoned property and how this helps museums better manage their collections.
The two hour session will include:
- Light refreshments
- an informal presentation by Linda Hocking and others on the topic
- a brainstorming session on next topics for the Collections Colleague Circle
- Networking, questions & visit to the museum