Whole Histories: keeping the stories alive hosted by the Yass and District Historical Society Inc at St Clement’s Retreat and Conference Centre, Galong from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 March 2018.

Greetings from Yass,

An invitation is extended to join us for Whole Histories: keeping the stories alive hosted by the Yass and District Historical Society Inc at St Clement’s Retreat and Conference Centre, Galong from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 March 2018.

If you have received this email you have attended or expressed interest in the past, in weekends of an historical or Irish  interest that were organised by Dr Richard Reid and Cheryl Mongan at St Clement’s. We have also included in this mail-out local and family history societies that will find this weekend of interest as they explore new and different ways to ensure their longevity.

This weekend will continue the theme of our April 2017 examining Australian history in all its facets and its presentation to modern audiences through museums, seminars, technology and publications and the interaction between historians and family historians.

This conference will have three keynote speakers Dr Ann Herraman from the Mt Lofty Districts Historical Society will present innovative ideas to invigorate historical groups and communities, Prof Mark McKenna from the University of Sydney will speak about his research for his award winning publication ‘Looking for Blackfella’s Point’ while Dr Mathew Trinca, Director of the National Museum of Australia will present the final paper ‘Object, Places, People: Reconnecting History and Heritage in Communities’. They lead an impressive group of speakers who will inspire us to ensure the survival of our history in its many forms. For societies it is examine your strategies for keeping your stories alive and having a voice in the discussion.

How will museums, archives, historical and family history groups of today survive the pressures of such rapid change and aging/declining memberships? We might live in a digital age but we must not lose sight of the past and the value history contributes to our communities. During the weekend our speakers will address this and other aspects of keeping history alive and within the public gaze. Due to the interest in our Sunday morning forum session we have scheduled more time for discussion and presentations by interested societies. We encourage you to book a spot to tells us of your successes and even dilemmas that other participants may be able to assist with. This program has something for everyone interested in Australian history. It is not all serious talk with a candle-lit dinner in historic Galong House and musical entertainment.

With so much to be discussed and learned local and family history groups might consider sending a delegate to this important gathering. We have included a brochure and registration form should you be able to join us for what promises to be a great weekend.

If you missed our last conference the papers are available for purchase for $40.00 per copy plus postage of $15.00. It is a fully illustrated(colour) 203 page record of the papers given by sixteen speakers.

Please see our website www.yasshistory.org.au and follow the link on the homepage to Whole Histories for fuller details of the weekend and  to download further brochures and registration forms.
Don’t forget to visit our new Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/yassdistricthistoricalsociety for regular updates on the event and our Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/yassdistricthistoricalsociety/.


Cheryl Mongan
Yass & District Historical Society Inc