The FLCH Story
The Friends of Livingston County History (FLCH) is for individuals involved in Livingston County history, historical societies, and museums. This informal group, formed in 2011, was created by: Amie Alden, Livingston County Historian; Anna Kowalchuk, Livingston County Museum Administrator; and Joan Schumaker, Nunda Historical Society Treasurer. They believed that those interested and involved in Livingston County history could benefit from an opportunity to share challenges, discuss solutions, learn, and work together to promote local history in our towns and villages throughout the county.
Early projects included: sponsoring several very successful summer workshops that provided technical assistance and basic museum training (designing low cost exhibits, cleaning and exhibiting artifacts, researching and writing grants, strategic planning, managing museum environments, museum pest management, de-accessioning museum collections, etc …); providing relevant programs (i.e. Disaster Planning, Museum Docent Training, Creating Child-Friendly Programs, …) working with Livingston County Tourism to include a popular Livingston County Museum Trail as a two-page spread in the Annual Livingston County Tourism Guide (including a photo and brief description of each museum); promoting opportunities for institutions/museums to take advantage of free student service learning experiences; creating a Livingston County Calendar of known annual events that would also include programs and events for local historical societies and museums; and the opportunity to network with fellow historians.
The FLCH became inactive in 2016 and was revived by Anna and Joan in 2019 as a result of interest expressed by staff from several local museums. Successful spring and fall meetings were held, but a summer event to be hosted by Heritage Museum at Hemlock Fair Grounds was cancelled due to lack registered attendance. The spring meeting was at the Livingston County Museum in Geneseo and the fall meeting was hosted by the Nunda Historical Museum. The agendas consisted of networking about challenges facing our local museums, questions to be addressed, fundraising ideas, and a list of helpful websites was shared by Anna and Joan.
A March 2020 meeting was cancelled due to the coronavirus but we hope to be able to meet this fall. Meanwhile, this page will allow us to keep in touch and use this platform to advise of opportunities, pose questions and open dialogue. We welcome those interested in Livingston County History to join us.