History Relevance Campaign - 2015 Year in Review

Over 100 Endorsers and Counting!

We’re excited to report that the number of local, state and national groups officially supporting the HRC’s Value of History statement continues to grow. If your institution hasn’t signed on yet, please ask that it does.  Find the Value of History Statement itself here.  Instructions to sign on are here.

Speaking Up Together
Members of the HRC Steering Committee report that the Tennessee Historical Society, Georgia Historical Society, and the American Association for State and Local History—among many others—have adapted Value of History statement ideas and phrasings for their end-of-year fundraising efforts. Other organizations are using the statement for discussions with their boards of directors and for strategic planning. This is exciting to see! You are welcome to use the concepts and language of The Value of History in your own work and that of your institution. If you can, we would love it if you could throw in a mention of the HRC.

Task Forces Are Preparing Plans for 2016
HRC has several task forces, each of which is finalizing its work plan for the coming year. Now is a great time to for you to become involved.  The group preparing the Tool Kit is particularly in need of help to fill out the ambitious framework of documents and samples. Contact info for reaching the Task Force leaders is here. 

New Members Join HRC Steering Committee
We welcomed three new members of the Steering Committee, which will meet February 20 in Washington, D.C.

Is History Relevant? Then Let’s Do Something About It!
Find out about the HRC‘s Impact Project and help us discover innovative ways to use history to make a difference in people’s lives. Share your ideas and hear directly from colleagues representing each of ten ways to make history relevant in their state or community. Free webinar recorded as part of the 2015 AASLH Online Conference on September 18 can be found on the AASLH website, here.