Spring 2020 -- Our May 14 workshop in Peterborough has been canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions. We will conduct our annual business meeting online. We hope to reschedule this workshop program in the fall.
Workshops have covered a range of topics, with an emphasis on management, basic archival principles & techniques, and community outreach & advocacy. Computers were a popular topic in the 1990s; now electronic-only records and images have emerged as a mounting concern, even as the digitization of old records and images continues.
October 3, 2019 — Archives Training for Volunteers. The fall 2019 workshop was held at the Nashua Historical Society in Nashua, NH. It offered basic training and advice for volunteers working with archival collections in libraries, archives, and historical societies. Instructors included Brian Burford (NH State Archives), Barbara Rimkunas (Exeter Historical Society), Betsy Holmes (NH Institute of Art & Design), and Jeff Barraclough (Manchester Historic Association), along with a panel of NHAG board members representing historical societies, educational institutions, and municipal archives.
May 15, 2019 — Collections Funding & Management: Working with Grants and Donors to make the most of your collections. The spring 2019 workshop was held at the Bedford Public Library in Bedford, NH. Following a brief NHAG annual meeting, speakers included: Charles Shipman (NH State Library) describing the Moose Plate Conservation program, Anne Phillips (NH Charitable Foundation) providing an overview of the Foundation’s programs, and Gary McCool (Plymouth State University) discussing the Grant Research Center. Then John Clayton, Executive Director of Manchester Historic Association, discussed some of the ways he has been successful in engaging the local community. After lunch, Barbara Rimkunas, Curator of the Exeter Historical Society, talked about funding and care of collections through accessioning, processing, and more.
October 10, 2018 — Sharing New Hampshire with the World. The fall 2018 workshop was held at the Durham Public Library in Durham, NH. Speakers on the Digital Public Library of America project in New Hampshire included Sarah Galligan (NH Historical Society), Michael York (NH State Library), and Alice Pearman (Plymouth State University). Panelists sharing experiences with other solutions included Brantey Palmer (Colby-Sawyer Archives), Zach Giroux (Keene State Archives), and Mike Intranuovo (City of Manchester). Sarah Galligan also spoke about the New Hampshire History Network and Bill Ross (University of New Hampshire) gave a presentation on engaging college students in transcription, markup, and metadata tasks.
May 23, 2018 — On Exhibition! The spring 2018 workshop was held at The Museum of the White Mountains in Plymouth, NH. Speakers included Jim Perkins (New London Archives) on small exhibitions in unlikely places, Cynthia Robinson (Museum of the White Mountains) on creation of The People's Forest exhibition, Marylou Lazos (ML Art Services) on the creation of the Millyard Museum in Manchester, and Carolyn Soucy (Megaprint) on large-format printing options for exhibitions. See resource page.
October 11, 2017 — The Best Laid Plans. The fall 2017 workshop was held in Keene, NH, at the Historical Society of Cheshire County. The theme was digital preservation and archival security. NH State Archivist Brian Burford discussed recent changes in state law that permit permanent retention of municipal records in a PDF/A format and what concerns still needed to be addressed before undertaking a system of digital record preservation. Gregor Trinkaus-Randall gave a presentation on security for libraries and archives in the morning session and a presentation on disaster planning in the afternoon. Tours of the Historical Society of Cheshire County and Keene State College Special Collections followed the workshop. See resource page.
May 24, 2017 — Community Stories: oral history and the care of recorded media. The spring 2017 workshop and annual meeting was held in Portsmouth, NH, at the Portsmouth Public Library and focused on the collection, use, and preservation of oral history as a means of building and sustaining community. After a brief annual meeting, oral historian and folklorist Jo Radner conducted the interactive morning workshop. This was followed by a lunchtime discussion with panelists Elizabeth Farish (Curator, Strawbery Banke), Julia Lanter (Exeter Public Library), and Barbara Ward (Director/Curator, Moffat-Ladd House). Frances Harrell from the New England Document Conservation Center then gave a final presentation on identification, digitization, and care of recorded media. Tours of Discover Portsmouth and Portsmouth Athenaeum completed the afternoon session. See resource page.
September 21, 2016 — The Mirror with a Memory: photography & virtual reality in the archives. The fall 2016 workshop meeting was held in Manchester, NH, at the Resource Center of the Manchester Historic Association. Gary Samson demonstrated wet plate (collodion) photography; Betsy Holmes presented a brief history of photography; Jim Perkins reviewed a recent glass lantern slide digitization project and presented a brief history of virtual reality from stereoscope to View-Master; and Cynthia Swank provided demonstrations of the rare Megalethoscope. Afternoon tours of the special collections at the Manchester Historic Association and the NH Institute of Art were also held. See resource page.
May 10, 2016 — The spring 2016 workshop and annual meeting was held at the Howe Library in Hanover, NH. The workshop was entitled: The Gathered Words: A Workshop & Tour and focused on the printed book—its history in New England, book arts education, and conservation practice. Speakers included Jim Perkins (New London Archives / Ticknor, Fields, et al.); Morgan Swan (Rauner Library / The Book in New England); and Deborah Howe (Baker Library / Book Conservation in Practice). In addition to tours of Baker Library's conservation lab and Rauner Library's George Ticknor Room, Sarah Smith demonstrated letterpress printing at Dartmouth's Book Arts Workshop. See resource page.
September 29, 2015 — The fall 2015 workshop was held at the Whipple Free Library, New Boston, NH. The program was titled Back to the Future: Staying Relevant in the 21st Century. There were presentations by Professors Jeanette Bastian & Donna Webber (Simmons College — Education of an Archivist); John Clayton (Executive Director of the Manchester Historic Association — Our New Changing History), and by the president of the New Boston Historical Society (Reinventing the Historical Society in the 21st Century). The meeting concluded with a panel Q&A session on The Dilemmas of Digitization.
June 4 & 5, 2015 — NHAG conducted an Archives Boot Camp at the NHTI library. Several board members made presentations on policies, processing collections, cataloging, conservation, digitization, and management.
May 20, 2015 — The spring 2015 meeting was held in Room 124 at the Herbert H. Lamson Library, Plymouth State University. The program was title Beyond Our Doors: Collaborating Within Our Community. Bob Cottrell presented Conway at 250 which included many separate events celebrating the 250th anniversary of the founding of Conway. He showed how the Conway Historical Society provided support for the various celebrations. Denise van Zanten presented Manchester and the Carpenter Building Centennial which detailed the celebration of the Manchester Public Library's classic building. Linda Upham Bornstein presented Cooperative Grants which detailed out she and her Plymouth State students helped the town of Lancaster with efforts to publicize their historic buildings. Finally there was a panel discussion called Promises & Problems with Barbara Rimkunas, James Romer, Lesley Hume, and Jenna Carroll. Each speaker detailed efforts in their communities of Exeter, Unity, Kingston and Keene to publicize events and historical projects.
September 24, 2014 — The fall 2014 workshop was help at the North Hampton Town Hall in North Hampton, NH. The sponsor was the North Hampton Heritage Commission. The historic building provided a fitting backdrop for the workshop Finding Footprints: Assisting Genealogical Researchers with Digital and Local Resources. Patty Shorland from the L.D.S. Family History Center presented FamilySearch Records & Resources: Basics and Beyond which was a demonstration of the online resources of the L.D.S. Deborah E. Moore, from New Hampshire Vital Records Division presented Lineage Documentation: Tales from the Trenches, Verifying your Ancestors which was a discussion of what documentation various organizations are looking for in order to secure membership. Her focus was on the D.A.R. and the Mayflower Society. Pauline Cusson from the American Canadian Genealogical Society presented Discovering Their Footsteps: Pre-computer and Online Resources. Her focus was on the resources available to trace Franco-Canadian ancestors. Finally, Barbara Rimkunas from the Exeter Historical Society and Chris Pratt from the Sullivan Town Archives wrapped up the program with Fleshing Out the Ancestor: War Stories from the Field. Both presenters focused on case histories of using paper resources to provide details of an ancestor's story.
May 21, 2014 — The Spring 2014 meeting was held at the Cushing Center at St. Anselm College in Goffstown, New Hampshire. The title was Teaching with Primary Sources. The speakers were Barbara Rimkunas of the Exeter Historical Society on their work with SAU 16 in partnering with local schools. Betsey Holmes of the N.H. Insitute of Art spoke using primary sources in the education of artists. Morgan Swan of the Dartmouth College Archives discussed teaching with primary resources, using documents related to smallpox innoculation at Dartmouth.
September 25, 2013 — The Fall 2013 meeting was held at the Tracy Memorial Library, New London, New Hampshire. The title and theme of the meeting was Reaching Out to the 21st Century: Marketing Your Collections. Speakers included:
Jaime Forbes of Opus Advisors, LLC: "Building Your Brand / Leveraging Your Resources"
Jim Perkins of New London Town Archives: "In Their Words"
Morgan Swan of Rauner Library, Dartmouth College: "Rauner Library Cool Blog"
Janet Eklund of NH State Library: "Find NH History Project"
May 29, 2013 — The workshop and annual meeting was held at the library of the New Hampshire Vocational & Technical Institute in Concord, NH, on May 29, 2013. The title of the program was Collection Conundrums: having them, dealing with them, and avoiding them. The presentation included such issues as collection acquistion, dealing with difficult researchers, and the legal and moral issues involved with collection display and community outreach. The presenter was Darlene Bialowski, Principal of Darlene Bialowsky Art Services, LLC.
September 19, 2012 — The Fall 2012 Workshop was held at the Millyard Museum, 200 Bedford Street, Manchester. The meeting focused on the identification and preservation of photographs and virtual displays. The presenters were: Barbara Rimkaus of Exeter Historical Society, Elizabeth Slomba of University of New Hampshire Archives, and Bobbi Slossar of New Hampshire State Library.
May 16, 2012 — The Spring 2012 Workshop was held in Plymouth at the Pease Public Library. The subject was large format documents (e.g. architectural plans or engineering plans).
2011 and earlier...
September 28, 2011 — Fall 2011 Workshop - Exhibitions. Speakers included Attorney Charles Doleac (the Portsmouth Treaty Displays) and Ginny Fisher (hands-on demonstration of making displays for archives and museums on a tight budget).
May 18, 2011 — Spring Meeting & Workshop — Genealogy for the Archivist, Grants, Connecting to Collections, tour of State Archives.
Sept. 23, 2010 — Fall 2010 Workshop — Digitization
May 12, 2010 — Spring Meeting & Workshop — Disaster Planning and Recovery
September 23, 2009 — Fall Workshop — Documenting your Archives and Collections—Intellectual Property, Documentation, Digitization.
May 6, 2009 — Spring Meeting & Workshop — Getting Control of Your Collections
October 29, 2008 — NHAG Fall Meeting --
May 7, 2008 — Rye, NH: Seacoast Science Center — NHAG 15th/20th Anniversary
An Introduction to Oral History by Stacy Penna of QSR International
November 14, 2007 — Plymouth, NH: Plymouth State College
Public Records by Chris Pratt of Sullivan Public Library Archives
Historic Northern NH by Frumie Selchen of Arts Alliance of Northern NH
Managing your own records by Betty Moore of Hampton Historical Society, Arletta Paul of Ossipee Historical Society, Matthew Powers of Sandwich Historical Society
May 16, 2007 — Rye, NH: Seacoast Science Center
NEA Introduction to Archives by Daria D'Arienzo of Amherst College Library, Ann Ostendarp
Reference Roundtable by Nora Murphy of MIT
Outreach Rountable by Bill Ross of University of NH
November 16, 2006 — Exeter, NH: Exeter Historical Society
Vision: ME Memory Network by Kathy Amoroso of Maine Historical Society,
Technology: PastPerfect by Brian Gomez of Pastime Software
Collaboration: Castle in the Clouds by Ann Hackl of Castle Preservation Society
June 28, 2006 — Hillsborough, NH: Fox State Forest
Outreach Through Technology by Gilman Shattuck of Hillsborough Historical Society;
Susan Fischer of Amherst Historical Society
Digital Imaging Basics by Eleta Exline of University of NH
November 9, 2005 — Concord, NH: NH Historical Society
Successful Grantwriting by Sandi Mitchell of Development Resources
Success and Failure in Fundraising by Shawn Powers of Capital Center for the Arts;
Julie Pressor of Norwich University; Linda Burroughs of NH Historical Society/NHPTV
May 5, 2005 — Concord, NH: Forest Society
Arrangement & Description by James Roth of John F. Kennedy Library
November 10, 2004 — Manchester, NH: Transportation Security Administration Building
Archival Security by Gregor Trinkhaus-Randall of MA Library Commissioners; Elizabeth Slomba of University of NH; David Smolen of NH Historical Society; Cynthia Swank of Inlook Group
May 18, 2004 — Greenfield, NH: Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center
Preservation Basics by Ann Ostendarp of Dartmouth/Franklin Pierce
November 6, 2003 — Manchester, NH: Transportation Security Administration Building
Collection Management / Past Perfect Software by Jenna Carroll Plant of Canterbury Shaker Village and Susan Kinstedt of Portsmouth Athenaeum with Robin Silva.
May 6, 2003 — Canterbury, NH: Shaker Village — NHAG 10th Anniversary
Stories from NH Archives by Jere Daniell of Dartmouth College
Adventures in Collecting by Phillip N. Cronenwett
November 15, 2002 — Concord, NH: Forest Society
Where to refer patrons for genealogy resources by a staff member of NH Vital Records Office
Ed Holden of NH State Library; William Copley of NH Historical Society; Betsy Hamlin-Morin of NH Div of Records & Archives; Horace Waters of National Archives, NE Region
May 29, 2002 — Hopkinton, NH: NH Antiquarian Society
Tales of Exhibits Past & Present by Louise McCormack of Plymouth State College
Julie Bernice; Lynn Aber of Portsmouth Atheneum; Elaine Loft of NH Antiquarian Association; Craig Evans of Sandwich Historical Society; Renee Fox of Canterbury Shaker Village; Alan Rumrill of Historical Society of Cheshire County.
November 7, 2001 — Durham, NH: University of NH
Archival Exhibits: The Basics by M.J. Davis of VT Collections Care Program
Dale Valena University of NH
May 30, 2001 — Manchester, NH: St. Anslem College
Flood Recovery by Barbara Miles of NH Aviation Historical Society
Disaster Planning by Karen Brown of NE Document Conservation Center
November 15, 2000 — Concord, NH: NH Historical Society
Web sites for Archival Repositories by Greg Colati of Tufts University; Ann Sauer
Use of Archival Web Sites by Bill Ross of University of NH
May 24, 2000 — New London, NH: Colby-Sawyer College
Building an Archives by Paul Bergeron of City of Nashua, NH
Designing Academic Archives by William Ross of University of NH
Archives in a Small Town by John Harris of Dublin Historical Society; Barbara Sovik of Town of Dublin
Designing the Space You Need by Laura Scott of Peterborough Historical Society
Moving Your Archives by Peg Moreland of New London Archives
November 10, 1999 — Concord, NH: NH Historical Society
Basic Archives by Peter Parker of Inlook Group
May 26, 1999 — Plymouth, NH: Plymouth State College
The Brown Paper Company Photograph Collection by David Switzer of Plymouth State College; R. Stuart Wallace
Copyright Protection by Lars Smith, Esq. of Getman & Stacey
Preservation/Reproduction by Sherry Wilding-White of NH Historical Society
October 14, 1998 — Portsmouth, NH: Portsmouth Athenaeum
Care/Feeding of Genealogists by Thomas Jay Kemp of NE Historic Genealogical Society
Doing Genealogy & Local History in New Hampshire by Valerie Cunningham of African-American Resource Ctr; Albert Hamill of Canadian-American Gen Soc; Martha Jebb of Portsmouth Athenaeum
Almost a Complete Picture by Mark Sammons of Strawberry Banke Museum
May 13, 1998 — Meriden, NH: Kimball Union Academy
Computers in the Small Town by John Harris of Dublin Historical Society
Computers in College Archives by Lianne Hanson of Colby-Sawyer College
Computers in Large Collections by Sherry Wilding-White of NH Historical Society
Archives on the Web by Tom House of University of NH
Designing a Website by David Belser of What, Where, When
November 12, 1997 — Concord, NH: NH Historical Society
Archives and the Media by Paul Bergeron of City of Manchester; Joseph W. McQuaid of NH Union Leader; Fay Rubin of University of NH; Alan F. Rumrill of Historical Society of Cheshire Co
A NH Political Library by Gov. Hugh Gregg of NH Political Library
May 14, 1997 — Manchester, NH: Manchester Historic Association
Collecting 20th Century Material by Elizabeth Hamlin-Morin of NH Historical Society; Peter Parker of Inlook Group; John Mayer of Manchester Historic Association
November 1996: missing
March 1996 — Keene, NH: Historical Society of Cheshire County
20th Century Material
November 1, 1995 — Durham, NH: University of NH
Automation for Smaller Institutions by Bill Ross of University of NH
Archives on the Internet
May 10, 1995 — Peterborough, NH: Peterborough Historical Society
Access & the Ethics of Access by Sherry Wilding-White of NH Historical Society; Betsy Hamlin-Morin
Funding for Archives in NH by Frank Mevers of NH State Archives; Bill Ross of University of NH
Conservation of Oversize Paper by Mary Todd Glaser of NE Document Conservation Center
November 9, 1994 — Exeter, NH: Exeter Historical Society
Microfilming & Reformatting by Steve Dalton of NE Document Conservation Center
May 16, 1994 — Concord, NH: Concord Hospital
Automation on a Shoe-string by Nancy Merrill of Exeter Historical Society; Wendy Pirsig of Berwick (ME) Historical Society
November 18, 1993 — Manchester, NH: St. Anslem College
Keeping Track of Your Collections by Sherry Wilding-White of NH Historical Society; Frank Wheeler of University of NH
Preserving Your Collections by Anne Ames of Keene State College
NH Preservation Initiative by Pat Erwin of Dartmouth College
May 26, 1993 — Concord, NH: NH Historical Society
History or Junk? by Susan Reynolds of Williams Barrett House
NHAG bylaws; election Organizational Committee
Collections Policies by Betsy Hamlin-Morin of NH Historical Society
October 1992 — Durham, NH: University of NH
Draft bylaws, etc. Organizational Committee
Spring 1992 — Unknown
Fall 1991 — Unknown
Spring 1991 — Unknown
Fall 1990 — Unknown
Spring 1990 — Unknown
October 12, 1989 — Exeter, NH: Exeter Historical Society
Benjamin French Brown by John McDonough of Library of Congress; Donald Cole of Phillips Exeter Academy
Collections Processing by Katie McDonough of NH State Library; Nancy Merrill of Exeter Historical Society; Darcy Gilman
Horror Stories by Kevin Shupe of Portsmouth Athenaeum
March 2, 1989 — Concord, NH: Concord Public Library
September 24, 1988 — Concord, NH: NH Historical Society
Basic Archival Management by Julie Cox of New England Archivists