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Monday June 3, 2013, 9:30-3:45 pm

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Mattatuck Museum 
144 West Main Street
Waterbury, CT 06702

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Liz Shapiro 
Connecticut League of History Organizations 

Parking is available in any of the lots behind the museum on Park Place. Visit for directions.

The museum is fully handicapped accessible. Persons with wheelchairs should enter the museum via the Park Place entrance.

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Better Together? 

Building Effective Collaborative Relationships

CLHO Annual Conference & Awards of Merit Presentation
Group Discounts now available for 6 or more registering together!

Please join your historical society, history museum, and heritage organization colleagues at the 2013 Connecticut League of History Organizations 2013 Annual Conference and Awards of Merit presentation. This event features panel discussions, behind-the-scene tours, and a sumptuous Awards of Merit luncheon.

Preliminary Program

9:30 – 10:00    Registration and Coffee

10:00 – 10:15  Annual Meeting and Board Election

10:30 – 11:15 The Collaboration Conundrum, Lauren Miller, Program Officer, Connecticut Humanities

11:15 – 11:30  Break

11:30 – 12:15  Collaborative Strategies for Creating Sustainable Economic Development in an Historic Connecticut Town, Robert S. Vavasour, Co-President, Guilford Preservation Alliance

12:15 – 1:15    Awards of Merit Luncheon & Presentation

1:15 – 1:30     Raffle Drawing / Break

1:30 – 2:30      Panel Discussion, Making it Work Before the Semester Ends: Cooking by the Book: Amelia Simmons to Martha Stewart. Creating a new exhibit at the Connecticut Historical Society.

2:30 – 2:40      Travel Time/ Short Break

 2:40-3:45         Register for one of the following activities

  1. Tour of the Mattatuck Museum’s collections storage area, limited to 20 guests
  2. Tour of the exhibit “Coming Home: Building Community in a Changing World", limited to 25 guests
  3. Walking Tour of the Mattatuck Green, limited to 18 guests
  4. Brainstorming Sessions: Determining New Directions for Connecticut's Heritage Community - Your Turn.

Brainstorm with Liz Shapiro, Bruce Reinholdt and Laurie Rayner to create new visions of the collaborative future of Connecticut’s heritage community. Results from this discussion will be posted on the CLHO website. (unlimited registration)

Program Detail... 

The Collaboration Conundrum, Lauren Miller

Collaboration… Partnerships... Networking... Increasingly these buzz words creep into conversations among nonprofits. Funders and community leaders expect us to leverage our resources by working together with other organizations, but we each have unique missions that we are bound to support. Working with other groups may not fit with our organization’s culture or operations, so how and why do we build successful collaborative efforts?

 As both a funder and a nonprofit practitioner, Lauren Miller has experienced the collaboration conundrum from both sides of the fence. She will draw on her own experience and current best-practices in nonprofit management to help participants understand the ins-and-outs of working with other groups. From basic communication to full organizational integration, working collaboratively takes effort and thoughtful participation, but collaboration can yield great rewards. Learn about effective ways to participate in joint projects at this interactive session that will give you the tools to solve the collaboration conundrum.

Panel Discussion, Making it Work Before the Semester Ends: Cooking by the Book: Amelia Simmons to Martha Stewart. Creating a new exhibit at the Connecticut Historical Society.


Have you considered working with college students to create an exhibition? How about students from two different disciplines from two different schools? Prof. Briann Greenfield from Central Connecticut State University, Prof. Natacha Poggio from the Hartford Art School and Rebecca Furer and Andrea Rapacz of the Connecticut Historical Society will talk about their experience – as well as the benefits and challenges – of coordinating and coaching 21 students to create the exhibition Cooking by the Book: Amelia Simmons to Martha Stewart.