Sunday, May 17, 2009

June 3: RSVP to Invitation for June 10, 2009

Once again, it’s my great pleasure to invite you to the Gathering #6 of the Pioneer Valley History Network (PVHN) on Wednesday, June 10th from 9:00 to 3:45. The theme for this gathering is: “A Technology Sampler” and we will gain an understanding of some emerging technologies and how we can utilize them in our work. Note that this Gathering will be held in the Kittredge Building at Holyoke Community College.

We have prepared an excellent program to offer you. The morning plenary will feature Leah Nahmias and Albert Lees, two graduate students from Brown University, who will present to us their Public Humanities Toolbox: Engaging Communities Online. “ This website and handbook show small cultural heritage organizations how to use easy web tools to create great websites. We present a set of tools that can be combined in different ways depending on what type of web presence your organization needs. We start with the basic blog and explain how to include various other features to make a dynamic website. If you already have a website, these tools can be used in addition to it or as a replacement for it… You may not have any website at all, in which case it is time to get started.” Tools include Flickr, YouTube, Scribd, WordPress, and others. Also, in the morning, we will spend some time listening to each other, a popular feature in past Gatherings. We can share our own wisdom and experiences in using new technologies to enhance our mission in a “low-tech” setting during our Participatory Workshop.

In the afternoon breakout sessions, PVHN has put together a program that will offer a smorgasbord of choices. The program will offer workshops on Blogging, and Using Blog Software to Create an Online Catalog, Facebook, Email Marketing, Making Word Work for You, and Technology & Kids. We will also host a “webinar” in which the folks at PastPerfect will demonstrate their museum software.

In addition, the PVHN has several exciting projects to share with you at our Gathering. We plan to debut the “Passport to Pioneer Valley History” and also outline upcoming events connected with our “Vacationing in the Valley” theme for the summer.

Once again, a box lunch will be available in four varieties, if you so choose. Please register as soon as possible; a Registration Form is included with this email. Please send your registration and check (made out to Historic Deerfield) to Betsy McKee, PVHN, P.O. Box 321, Deerfield, MA 01342 by June 3. Late registrations will be accepted only on a space-available basis. If you have any questions, please contact me at (413) 323-4489.

If you cannot attend, please pass this invitation on to others in your organization. These gatherings are open to all who are connected to the historical community in the Pioneer Valley. I look forward to seeing you at Holyoke Community College on June 10th!

Cliff McCarthy
Chair, PVHN Steering Committee
c/o Historic Deerfield P.O. Box 321 Deerfield, MA 01342

Registration Form for our Spring Gathering at Holyoke Community College

June 10, 2009 9:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Name for Tag: _________________
Office/Title: _____________________________________________________________
Home address: ___________________________________________________________

Personal email address: __________________________ Phone: ______________

Historical Society/Museum/Site: _____________________________________________

Address for the above: _____________________________________________________

Email for the above: ___________________________ Phone: _____________________

Is there a website? If so, list the URL: ________________________________________

Please check all that apply:

_____ $15/person registration fee enclosed (check payable to Historic Deerfield)

_____ $10/student fee enclosed (check payable to Historic Deerfield)

_____ My Historical Society is a member of Historic Deerfield = free registration

_____ Please send me information about a Society membership at Historic Deerfield

_____ I enclose $10 for a box lunch and beverage (check payable to Historic Deerfield)

_____ I will bring my own lunch and beverage

~ If ordering a boxed lunch, please choose from among the following choices:

_____ Turkey wrap _____ Seafood wrap

_____ Roast Beef wrap _____ Vegetarian wrap

(the above boxed lunches provided by HCC include a hand fruit, pasta salad and assorted drinks)

Please mail this completed form along with your check (payable to Historic Deerfield)
and mail to: Betsy McKee, 60 Williams Street, Longmeadow, MA 01106-1950

by June 3, 2009

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