Friends of New London was represented by seven of our members at yesterday’s conference. The Virginia Department of Historic Resources and Sweet Briar College’s Tusculum Institute held the workshop-based conference for historical societies Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Elston Inn Conference Center at Sweet Briar College. The conference, which included an interactive workshop, was geared toward anyone who is involved in one of the hundreds of historical societies in Virginia. Addressing issues that town or county historical societies face, the event featured presentations from speakers with experience in improving fundraising, developing effective advisory or oversight board governance, creating new community partnerships, establishing a social media presence and tapping the resources of statewide organizations. We managed to network with many of the more than four dozen organizations present and expect to put forward several new initiatives as a result.