History Alliance to host two day conference

History Alliance to offer Save Your Collections,  March 2 & 9
Mark your calendars: Southern Berkshire location to be announced

Program for historical societies, small museums and related organizations

The History Alliance will host a two-day primer for small museums and local history organizations on two consecutive Wednesdays, March 2 and 9, from 9:30 to 4 p.m.

This program, developed by the New England Museum Association, was specifically designed for organizations run by volunteers or with a small number of paid staff.

The History Alliance, a project of Housatonic Heritage, was founded in early 2010 to serve as an informational and educational clearinghouse for history organizations in the Upper Housatonic Heritage area, in Northwest Connecticut and the Berkshires.  Fundraising and social media have been the subjects of recent History Alliance workshops, and these two important topics will also be covered in the Primer.  In addition, this program will address the following topics:

•Simple ways to record and organize your collection;

•Putting new life into old exhibits;

•Attracting school groups in the era of the MCAS, CMT and CAPT;

•Essential policies to preserve your collection;

•Attracting new visitors and volunteers;

•Raising money through activities, appeals and grants;

•Connecticut and Massachusetts non-profit reporting requirements;

•The basic responsibilities of the museum board.

Each participating organization receives a significant collection of articles for further reading, bibliographies of books and web sites, and sample forms and policies.

A  registration fee of $40 is required for two-day conference, which includes coffee/tea and lunch on both days.  To register or to learn more about this conference, call 413-298-3468 or e-mail: history@housatonicheritage.org