Virginia Historical Societies Conference

A Workshop for Executive Directors, Presidents, Boards of Virginian Historical Societies, and Active Society Members

August 11th (Saturday) , 9 am to 4 pm (a light breakfast begins at 8:30)

This interactive workshop will address issues that small-scale historical societies face. Plenary Presentations will include discussions about collaboration, networking and establishing new partnerships, fund raising, board governance, and social media. Afternoon sessions will include panels on resources that statewide organizations and universities can provide to local historical societies. And a special networking and affinity group meeting will be offered over afternoon coffee.

Directions

The conference is being held at the Sweet Briar College Elston Inn. Parking is available in parking lots in front of the building. A campus map is available on-line. The Inn is the first building on your right after you pass through the campus gatehouse (which looks like a mini-domed, Monticello).

Registration

The conference is subsidized by the DHR and the Tusculum Institute, resulting in a registration fee of only $20. You must register in advance. The registration deadline is August 6th (Monday). The deadline has now passed. A program will be mailed out to registrants on August 7th.

Concurrent Afternoon Sessions

1:30 to 2:30 (select one) 2:30 to 3:00 3:00 to 4:00 (select one)

Dr. Robert Carter, Department of Historic Resources (DHR) and Ann Miller, Virginia Department of Transportation (V-DOT), Transportation Research Council

(Patio Room C)

Networking

(Conf Rm A)

Dr. Robert Carter, Department of Historic Resources (DHR) and Ann Miller, Virginia Department of Transportation (V-DOT), Transportation Research Council

(Patio Room C)

John Metz, Director of Archives, Records and Collections Services, Library of Virginia / Bill Obrochta, Director of Education, Virginia Historical Society (Patio Room D)

 

John Metz, Director of Archives, Records and Collections Services, Library of Virginia / Bill Obrochta, Director of Education, Virginia Historical Society (Patio Room D)

Internship Opportunities: Prof. Phyllis Leffler (University of Virginia - Public History/ Prof. John Kneebone, Virginia Commonwealth University Public History Program)(Conf Room B)

 

Internship Opportunities: Prof. Phyllis Leffler (University of Virginia - Public History/ Prof. John Kneebone, Virginia Commonwealth University Public History Program)(Conf Room B)

Affinity Groups I - Conf Room A

i. Tips for very small / understaffed or unfunded historical societies

ii. Organizing events and exhibits for Sheridan's Waynesboro Campaign

iii. How to lure visitors and design exhibits if your historical society lacks artifacts

 

Affinity Groups II - Conf Room A

i. Managing the relationship between an historical society and a museum

ii. Conducting history-based paranormal investigations

iii. How can historical societies collaborate more effectively?

The following historical societies are sending at least one representative:

Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society
Amherst County Museum & Historical Society
Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum
Appomattox County Historical Society
Arlington Historical Society
Augusta County Historical Society
Bedford Museum
Brownsburg Museum
Buckland Preservation Society
Campbell County Historical Society
Campbell County Historical Society
Clarke County Historical Association
Danville Historical Society
Department of Historic Resources
Fauquier Historical Society
Fluvanna Historical Society
Franklin County Planning Department
Friends of New London
Great Falls Historical Society
Greene County Historical Society
Halifax County Historical Society
Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society
Henrico County Historical Society
Historic Buckingham, Inc.
Historic Hope Foundation
Historic Routes and Trails Mapping Project
Historic Vienna, Inc.
Historical Society of Washington County
Library of Virginia
Lynchburg Historical Foundation
Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society
Mecklenburg Civil War 150 Committee
Nelson County Historical Society
Northumberland County Historical Society
Oakland Museum
Old Brunswick Circuit Foundation
Orange County Historical Society
Prince William County Historical Commission
Rockbridge Historical Society
Salem Historical Society
Scottsville Museum
Shenandoah County Historical Society
The Heritage Museum
Tusculum Institute
Virginia Canals & Navigation Society
Virginia Department of Transportation / Research Council
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
Waterford Foundation
York County Historical Commission

Sponsored by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, and the Tusculum Institute.

 

Schedule

8:30 - Light Continental Breakfast (Wailes Lounge)

9:00 - Introduction: Kathleen Kilpatrick, Director Virginia Department of Historic Resources

Lynn Rainville, Director, Tusculum Institute and Dr. Robert Carter, Director of the DHR Satellite Office at Sweet Briar College

(Boxwood Room)

9:15 - Partnerships and Collaborating, David Bearinger (Director Grants, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities) and Jo Ann Williford (North Carolina Federation of Historical Societies)

(Boxwood Room)

10:15 - Coffee Break (Wailes Lounge)

10:30 - Fundraising Strategies, Claire Holman Thompson (Principal, Claire Holman Thompson Consulting)

(Boxwood Room)

11:15 - Optimizing Board Governance, Sam Davis (Principal, The Davis Group)

(Boxwood Room)

Noon - Lunch (Wailes Lounge)

12:30 - Reaching new Audiences with Social Media, Lynn Rainville (Director Tusculum Institute) (Boxwood Room)

1:30 to 2:30 - Concurrent sessions (see matrix to the left)

2:30 to 3:00 - Networking (Wailes

3:00 to 4:00 - Concurrent sessions (see matrix to the left)

Join us to network with other historical societies and hear from experts.