2015 CLHO Annual Conference – June 1, 2015

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Annual Conference
2015 CLHO Annual Conference – June 1, 2015
Call for Proposals – Speaker Proposal Form CLHO 2015 Conference
Connecting to Community: Making History Collections Relevant in a Modern World
Connecticut League of History Organizations Annual Conference
Four Points by Sheraton, Meriden, Connecticut Monday, June 1, 2015
Proposal Submission Deadline: January 5, 2015
As a volunteer and/or staff member at a museum, historical society, historic house, or archive you know that your collections are central to your organization’s existence. These resources shape mission and vision, define values, and guide institutional planning.  The traditional notion of collect, preserve and interpret intentionally focuses upon visitors walking through the front door; however, today’s studies indicate that our public wants and expects more accessibility to cultural resources and organizations.  But in today’s fast-paced world, what do our collections truly mean to our audiences, and how might knowing this influence our programs and policies?  Does this virtual way of engaging our audiences enhance and deepen their connection to our heritage collections?  Do these new virtual opportunities and online visitors encourage public support of preservation efforts and strengthen the relevancy of our historic collections?  What might we be losing if our audience views access to our collections or museum as primarily digital?  What happens if our face-to-face connections are lost?
Please join us for the Connecticut League of History Organizations Annual Conference in Meriden on June 1, 2015 to explore the many traditional and non-traditional ways that museums, historical societies, historic houses, and archives use their collections to establish relevance to their communities.  Be a part of our conversations examining what accessibility means today and how to encourage it while staying true to core missions and values. The conference program will include how-to practical presentations (e.g. collections management, digital preservation, reproduction sales, and insurance issues), inspirational sessions, and program models which will explore the various ways that heritage collections bridge the gap between past and present to truly connect audiences to our collective future.
For over 60 years, the Connecticut League of History Organizations has strengthened and built connections among those who preserve and share the stories and objects of our past by sharing knowledge and experience, and promoting best practices. Visit www.clho.org for more information.
You are invited to contribute to the conversation with a conference session proposal. Please consider these topics while you develop your ideas: 
  • Ways to revitalize your community with your collections (e.g. “Grass Roots” efforts, school programs, exhibits in non-traditional spaces);
  • Multidisciplinary approaches to local history (e.g. connecting archaeology to archives and oral traditions)
  • Collections reproductions: making money, legal ramifications, and copyrights;
  • Dealing with the new age of collections management and accessibility;
  • Climate change and your collections; and
  • New Connecticut State Social Studies standards: how can your collections help your local teachers, and who can help you stay relevant?
  • Thinking creatively about funding resources for collections access 

    Proposal Requirements
  • In order to evaluate conference proposals, please complete the “Speaker Proposal Form” available on our website, www.clho.org.
  • Send electronically in Microsoft Word .doc or PDF formats to Liz Shapiro, CLHO Executive Director at liz@clho.org by January 5, 2015. Include “Proposal Submission, CLHO June 2015 Conference” in the subject line.
  • Notification: You will receive an email notification no later than Monday, February 16, 2015 if your proposal has been accepted. All submitted proposals undergo review and selection by a conference committee. Proposals highlighting Connecticut organizations and collections are highly encouraged.