To my absolute surprise and wonderment, I am excited to announce I have been awarded a fellowship from the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums to attend their 2013 international conference at Hale Farm and Village in Bath, Ohio! I cannot wait to meet other museum professionals who share my passion for rural heritage! Awesome!
But even more exciting is I really do have a special place for Hale Farm and Village in my heart. Here is an excerpt from my application letter explaining why:
… I grew up in Northeastern Ohio- not far from Bath. My passion for history and living history was born from a childhood visit to Hale Farm and Village when I was six years old. It was a trip my mother took our Brownie girl scout troop on. I still remember the childhood excitement of getting to visit the past and all I knew was I really wanted to live on that farm too. I also remember the sadness I felt when we left and did not understand why we too could not keep livestock and dress like the interpreters. A few years later, our family moved from Ohio to Tennessee. However, my childhood experience at Hale Farm would serve as the cornerstone of a life long path.
And so for the first time in over 20 years, I’ll be headed to my old stomping grounds! I wonder just how Southern I have become? I’m sure I will find out!
In the meantime, have a look at these Cool conference going ons:
A behind the scenes tour of Kent State Museum’s costume collection
Getting up close and personal with dairy cows and the proper way to milk ’em!
18th century chocolate making- from roasting your own beans to creating creamy chocolaty confections!
19th century clothing construction techniques- both mens’ and women’s
Historic livestock breeds- including hands on sheep experiences
Historic gardening and recipes- including how to make cider
And now off to work on orders so I can reserve a little time to stitch something up for myself to wear at the conference!
To learn more about ALHFAM, visit their website at http://www.alhfam.org/
For the full conference line up: http://www.alhfam.org/conf/2013/2013_Conf_book.pdf