HISTORY RELEVANCE TOOLKIT

History institutions around the country have begun using history relevance and the "Value of History" statement to change their work. Below are some examples how.

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IMPACT REPORT

 

NAPER SETTLEMENT 

Illinois's Naper Settlement framed a recent report around its organization's impact, using the Value of History statement to emphasize why its work is essential.

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FUNDRAISER

 

TENNESSEE HISTORICAL SOCIETY 

 

 

In 2015, Tennessee Historical Society used the Value of History statement in its annual fundraising letter, emphasizing the key role history plays in driving civic engagement.

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ANNUAL REPORT

 

PENNSYLVANIA HISTORICAL & MUSEUM COMMISSION

In 2016, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission used its annual report to emphasize the value the organization provides to the state and its residents.

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VIDEO

 

INDIANA HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Indiana Historical Society used the values statement, along with images from its collections and interviews with staff and historians, to produce a video explaining the value of history and of the institution to the public.

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SCHOLARSHIP & ADVOCACY TOOLS

American Historical Association

The American Historical Association has continually emphasized the relevance of history to public life and the critical importance of historical thinking skills. Their "Everything Has A History" initiative, Tuning Project, and other resources are essential tools for the History Relevance conversation.

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NEWSLETTER

 

SUDBURY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Sudbury Historical Society (MA) included the Value of History statement in a recent membership newsletter. Executive Director Sally Purrington Hild states, "with extreme demands on people's time and interests, relevance makes the difference. If there is no perceived connection between history and the here and now, then the understanding of history's importance in every day life is at risk...SHS wants to ensure that residents and tourists see the value of Sudbury's past."

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LOCAL ADVOCACY

 

HOPEWELL MUSEUM

Museums around the country are facing diminishing funding and often have to advocate for public funds alongside very worthy direct service organizations. Confronted with this issue, the Hopewell Museum in historic Paris, Kentucky, used the Value of History statement to make its case to local officials. Executive Director Leah W. Craig used the statement as "a tool to craft my own talking points regarding the value of our museum, but also substantiates authority by validating that others around the nation endorse these same arguments." And it worked.