Technical Leaflet 288: Advocating for Your Organization with Local Government
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Those who work with museums, historic sites, and preservation organizations often face the daunting task of doing challenging work while simultaneously having to explain why it matters, not just to our audiences, but also to people with the power to help. This includes local governments, who may control grants that can be significant for small organizations as well as zoning laws that strengthen or weaken historic preservation. Advocacy matters because it helps governments see the value in what we do, which makes it easier for them to support us.
Advocating for Your Organization with Local Government is an AASLH Technical Leaflet. AASLH Technical Leaflets are brief, practical guides on how to do history. Technical Leaflet #288, written by Sean Blinn, provides guidance and information on how to advocate for your organization with local government.
Sean Blinn is a museum professional focusing on evaluation and developing participatory experiences. He has extensive service in municipal and county government, currently serving as a member of the Bedminster Township (NJ) Historic Preservation Commission and the advisory board of the Somerset County (NJ) Cultural and Heritage Commission. The views expressed in this Technical Leaflet are his own and do not represent the views of any organization with which he is affiliated.