The Law and its Effect on Museums, Historic Houses & Historical Societies

  • Friday, November 04, 2016
  • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford, CT


  • General Registration is $30 per person, and includes morning coffee and snacks. Participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch as outside food choices in the area are limited.
  • Students must show a valid ID at registration.

Registration is closed

The Law and its Effect on Museums, Historic Houses & Historical Societies

Presented by the Connecticut League of History Organizations, Connecticut Historical Society & the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation

As the Director or member of the Board of a small to mid-size organization, you are confronted by a host of decisions to make - many of which have legal consequences. Even as a trained museum professional or public historian, it can be difficult to keep up to date on the legal obligations that face our organizations. This all-day workshop will provide a foundation for discussion about legal and ethical issues that should be familiar to board, staff and volunteers.

Topics and speakers will include...

Objects Out!: Deaccessioning, Abandoned Property & More    

  • Ilene Frank, Chief Curator, Connecticut Historical Society

Working with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act: Laws Pertaining to Protected Cultural Artifacts

  • Professor Bethany Berger, Wallace Stevens Professor of Law, UCONN School of Law               

Estate & Other Gifts to Small Museums, Historical Societies and Historic Houses: Your Right to Say No

  • Amanda L. Nelson, Esq. Artium Amore PLLC
  • Professor Peter J. McGovern, UCONN School of Law          

Social Media Consequences, Protecting the Privacy of Members and Packaging Your Story for the Media

  • Dr. Catherine Bigley McGovern, UCONN School of Law    
  • Sean D. McGovern, McGovern Associates
  • Aaron Keller, Esquire          

There will be a break for lunch (please bring a brown bag, there are very few places to eat within walking distance) from 11:45-12:45. After the program, participants may enjoy a self-guided tour of the exhibits at the Connecticut Historical Society, including the exhibits, Sole of Connecticut and Making Connecticut.


About CHS

Established in 1825, the CHS is the state’s official historical society and one of the oldest in the nation. The CHS’s collection includes more than 4 million manuscripts, graphics, books, artifacts, and other historical materials accessible at our campus and on loan at other organizations. The CHS collection, programs and exhibits help Connecticut residents connect with each other, have conversations that shape our communities, and make informed decisions based on our past and present.

The Sole of Connecticut: A History of Connecticut Shoes

Developed in partnership with Public History graduate students at Central Connecticut State University, this exhibit will feature more than 30 pairs of shoes and related artifacts and images from the CHS collection, exploring how shoes have shaped the economy, cultural life, and the very landscape and environment of Connecticut. From the early republic to the contemporary, shoes have protected our soles and still offer something to say about the people, the place, and the times—if we listen closely to their footsteps.

Making Connecticut

Don’t miss this exhibit 400+ years in the making! Colorful, interactive, and filled with more than 500 historic objects, images, and documents, Making Connecticut is the story of all the people of Connecticut, from the 1500s through today. Themes of daily life, clothing, transportation, sports and leisure, work, and social change run throughout the exhibit. Hands-on activities for kids (and adults!) include working a World War II assembly line, hand stenciling designs for a 19th-century chair, sewing a Native American moccasin, replacing bobbins in a textile mill, and cooking a meal and setting the table in both a colonial and a 1980s kitchen. Come be surprised, inspired, and amused as you explore our state’s past and your own place in “Making Connecticut.”






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

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