Position your institution as the go-to resource for history relevance and the leader of efforts to integrate the values into community policy and dialogue.

A. Host events for focused discussion about the relevance and value of history, including those regarding current events and/or controversial subjects that stir emotions.

B. Conduct listening sessions where community members can share thoughts and ideas related to history relevance and their expectations of institutions like yours to lead the way.

C. Invite your political representatives and leaders, and their staff, to these events.

D. Collaborate with other cultural and history institutions on relevance-boosting programs and initiatives (e.g., oral history projects).

E. Develop a method to collect and share community stories about the value of history.

F. Offer an award for governmental, business, or other leaders in your community to recognize those who communicate the value of  history.

G. Develop presentations for governmental meetings or other meetings of stakeholders.

H. Ask to speak before civic/social associations (e.g., Rotary, Lions, etc.).

I. Present to a meeting of county/regional school leaders.

J. Propose resolutions for adoption by local governmental entities.

K. Launch a traditional/social media campaign to support your and your community's efforts.


Create and Demonstrate Impact. 

Evaluate the programs/initiatives of your community and share the results.


Core Tools.

  • Advocacy materials for use with local government, education leaders, civic/social associations, conferences, and more

  • Examples of collaborative engagement between history and cultural institutions

  • Example of a resolution adopted by a local governmental entity

  • Guidelines for collecting and sharing community stories about the value of history 

  • Guidelines for hosting focused discussions about the relevance/value of history

  • Guidelines for hosting focused discussions regarding current events and/or controversial subjects