Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Sugar, Suds & Duds-GCV&M Hosts Living History Conference

Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference

Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums
Thursday-Saturday, March 3-5

Genesee Country Village & Museum will play host to Sugar, Suds and Duds —a regional conference for professional historians on March 3-5. This conference is also open to the public.

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference of ALHFAM (Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums) will draw professionals representing living history and agricultural museums from around the East Coast and Canada.

The museum will offer all-day seminars with hands-on activities ranging from maple sugaring and pewter casting to 19th-century brewing.
Shorter workshops will study historic clothing and textiles, pottery, education and interpretation, paint finishes, wall stenciling, among others.

There will also be talks focused on the business side of living history, including surveying visitors and members, and a discussion of deaccessioning programs. Additional sessions will be at the LeRoy Historical Society, a co-host of the event.

ALFHAM represents a diverse group of professionals, from administrators, curators and conservators to interpreters, farmers, guides and educators.

Since its founding in 1970, ALHFAM has been at the forefront of the growth and professionalization of the use of living history techniques in museum programs, providing professional training and support to traditional museums across North America and Europe that do hands-on programming.

Now, ALHFAM members and member institutions can be found across the United States and Canada as well as countries in Europe and Australia.

Cost for the conference, which includes lunch, a Saturday dinner and Sugaring-Off Dance, is $120/$90 ALHFAM members.

Friday only is $50; Saturday only is $75. (Some workshops have additional fees and limited size.
Deadline for registration is Feb. 18.

For more information contact Charles LeCount at (585) 294-8267 or clecount@gcv.org.

For conference details & registration packet click here.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Owl Moon at The Genesee Country Village & Museum's Nature Center!

Looking for something to do on the weekends this February? During 3 Saturdays in February, the Genesee Country Village & Museum’s Nature Center will host Owl Moon.

Each night includes a live owl presentation on owls' behavior, habitat and lifestyle by naturalist and owl expert Ron Walker from Friends with Feathers, Inc.

Moonlit guided walks through the wintry woods to listen for screech owls and great-horned owls depart every half hour. There maybe even a “talk” with them. (Hooting lessons will be available!) The moon will be full on February 18, so perfect for these night walks at the Genesee Country Nature Center.

Later we’ll sit by a campfire roasting marshmallow and drinking hot cocoa and listen to the beautiful nature story, the Caldecott Medal-winning Owl Moon by Jane Yolen.

Tours start at 6 pm and leave every 30 minutes with the last tour departing at 8:30 pm. Tours last about 45 minutes. If on a later tour, please make sure to arrive earlier to experience the rest of the program, including the live owl presentation.

All ticket sales are final and non-refundable. Please make sure to dress for the winter weather and wear good boots for hiking through the trails. No strollers on the trails please.

Tickets are available by phone: 585-294-8218 or online at gcv.org. Each tour has a limit of 20 people and reservations are required.

You can also purchase tickets online.