On behalf of Louisiana State University and its Rural Life Museum, we are delighted to invite you to Baton Rouge for the 2016 Association of Living History, Farms, and Agricultural Museum’s Annual Conference. “Commemoration, Preservation, Education” is a catch-phrase that captures the essence of the mission of ALHFAM as well our individual museums.
Since the beginning Louisiana has been different from the rest of the United States and to this day Louisianans perceive themselves as unique. And why not? We are the only state whose law is based upon the Napoleonic Code, which has parishes instead of counties, police juries, levee boards, and where the French language is freely spoken. We were first settled by the French and Spanish, then came the Germans, Acadians, English, Scots and the Islenos. Later the Americans, Hungarians, Irish, and Italians came to settle here. Thousands of African slaves were brought into Louisiana as early as 1710. All of these cultures melted together to create a unique people. Louisiana is truly a place of cultural diversity.
Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM):
ALHFAM is an organization of people who bring history to life.
ALHFAM enables its members to make history a valuable part of the lives of museum visitors. It achieves this purpose through the exchange and sharing of ideas, information, tools and experiences centered around accurate, active, participatory, object-based historical interpretation.
ALHFAM Mission Statement:
The Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM) shares practical knowledge and skills among those who make history relevant to contemporary lives. We draw strength from our diverse network of members, sharing experience, research and passion for participatory learning.