Behind the Scenes Networking Events
At our regional listening sessions, participants indicated they would like to have a greater opportunity to network with fellow GHHN members. At the same time, several organizations indicated an interest in hosting a behind-the-scenes tour at their sites, highlighting their collections, archives or exhibits.
You asked, and we listened!
Friends of Historic Kingston
The Fred J. Johnston Museum
63 Main Street
Friday, September 12
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
September's Behind the Scenes is hosted by
You are invited to attend the September Behind-the-Scenes Networking event hosted by Friends of Historic Kingston in Kingston, NY. This is a unique opportunity during which GHHN members and friends can come together to enjoy a relaxing evening of conversation, discovery, food and drink, and camaraderie! We’ll be able to visit the Friends’ 1825 Fred J. Johnston Museum, which is filled with 18th and 19th century antiques.
We’ll also take a special look at the current exhibit. The Friends’ most ambitious annual exhibition ever, Kingston—The IBM Years spotlights some of IBM’s signature achievements during its 40-year stay in Ulster County, including the SAGE air defense system and System/360 mainframe, but with an equal focus on the people who worked for the computer giant and the lives and neighborhoods they created for themselves locally.
The exhibit includes one of the earliest electric typewriters produced in Kingston, and rare vintage photographs of the SAGE project, the testing floor for the System/360 mainframe and the typewriter assembly line. IBMers have lent their employee badges and scrapbooks filled with memories of promotions, work dinners and off-site training.
Join project director Ward Mintz for a tour of the exhibit as well as a discussion of challenges that arose in the course of the exhibit's creation: getting people to embrace post-World War II history as history, doing an exhibition when virtually no scholarship exists, and finding suitable visuals to use!
Bring a friend to introduce to them to GHHN and include your staff so they may benefit from this enriching experience!
To see photos from recent Behind-the Scenes Events, please click here.