Summer School: How to Future-Proof Your Stories with Narrative Video

  • Wednesday, August 19, 2020
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Zoom


  • We are waiving individual session fees for those whose current financial situation requires it. To access this benefit, please use the registration code COVID19.

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By telling their important stories with video—in exhibits and websites, on cellphones, tablets, desktops, and large-screen TVs—historical societies and museums can both leverage and future-proof their most important assets, the histories they steward.

In this presentation, curators and managers of history and its artifacts will learn practical, creative and fiscal steps needed to tell their stories with professionally produced short-form narrative videos. 

Converging trends have made high-quality video projects accessible to smaller organizations. Technological advances have made video production and display less expensive. Furthermore, short-form videos are more popular than ever. Most local stories can be told in less than five to ten minutes, a cost-effective running time.

A still from the video

Using the videos that he created for the East Haddam Historical Society, Ken Simon with museum Executive Director Marianne Halpin and June Plecan will unpack how they developed and produced the collaborative project, “Saving Land, Saving History.” The videos integrate museum assets (photos, films, video, maps, and documents) with new footage of historic objects and places, and video interviews with local history tellers. The videos will be a central exhibit component and distributed online.

Production crew on site

Project objectives include preserving significant local histories, while increasing impact and extending reach for the sponsoring organizations. Recording contemporary interviews with local people enhanced viewer engagement as well as added value through archiving the full interviews with transcriptions.

The presenters will show how collaborations with businesses, community foundations, other local non-profits, state funders, and private individuals can help bring video projects like this to life.


  • Ken Simon, Producer/Writer/Director, SimonPure Media
  • Marianne Halpin, Executive Director, East Haddam Historical Society
  • June Plecan, Project Manager, East Haddam Historical Society

Ken Simon     Marianne Halpin     June Plecan

Sponsor: Capture, LLC is a visual marketing agency connecting talented Photographers, 3D/VR Creators, Videographers, Drone pilots and Editors with real estate professionals and businesses across the United States.

Zoom Information: Registrants will receive the Zoom webinar information via email prior to the event.

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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