RWAHS Annual State History Conference of Affiliated Societies
The Annual Royal Western Australian History Conference of Affiliated Societies attracts delegates and other participants from metropolitan and regional districts from all over the State. It is held on alternate years in regional and metropolitan centres. It is a two-day weekend event, chaired by the President of the RWAHS, and usually commences on the Friday evening with a reception arranged by the host local authority.
Saturday is the Conference Program of Papers and Annual General Meeting. On Sunday morning there is a program of one or more tours to local places of historical interest.
The next Conference will be held in Denmark 16 - 18 October 2020
2019 Merit Award - Kalamunda and Districts Historical Society
Kalamunda and Districts recently celebrated their 50th birthday. They are one of the Royal Western Australian Historical Society's oldest historical societies. Kalamunda and Districts is quite an unusual historical society, in that they not only have a small house museum, Stirk Cottage, but they are also responsible for the operation and running of Kalamunda History Village.
Over the years they have managed to maintain high membership numbers, but more importantly they also have a large number of energetic volunteers who regularly assist at Kalamunda History ViIlage and Stirk Cottage. The volunteers maintain the buildings in History Village and are also very active in keeping the displays in the various buildings at History Village fresh, to attract visitors to the Village. Over the years they have been successful in attracting Lotterywest grants to construct new buildings, on the History Village site, to house their collections and also to develop new interpretive signage. Their drawcard is of course the education programs run at the History Village, which are developed by an Education Officer, employed by the City of Kalamunda. However, these education programs would not be possible without the outstanding dedication of the Society's volunteers.