3 Ways You Can Advocate for History

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Caucus for History: Contact your Representative (today, by email!) and ask them to join the Congressional History Caucus. It was founded by Congressmen John Larson (D-CT), Tom Cole (R-OK), Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) with the help of the National Coalition for History, a group which includes the AASLH. At 19 House members and growing, the goal is to build lasting relationships with history organizations, historians, archivists, teachers, students, genealogists, researchers, and others in their respective districts. Please write or call your House member’s office and urge them to contact Congressman John Larson’s office at (202) 225-2265. Learn more abut the Caucus.

Get Your Organization to Sign the Value of History Statement: You’ve been hearing about the History Relevance Campaign (HRC), and now is the moment to add your endorsement to its Value of History statement.  It is a clear articulation of why history is relevant and essential in modern life. Discussing and referring back to the statement is already inspiring a national conversation about the important work that history organizations do. Wording from the statement is being used in grant proposals, in conversations with elected officials, and with governing boards. AASLH has made history relevance one of its key focal points and has been supporting the HRC since its inception. Over 90 national, state, and local groups have signed, and yours can be next. 

Go to MAD:  Sign up for AAM’s Museums Advocacy Day (MAD) in Washington, DC, in February and help make a unified case to Congress about the importance of history museums. Read more and register here. Please note that as an AASLH member—because AASLH is a Partner supporter of the MAD—you may register for free by using this code: “MAD2016_AASLH”.  AAM staff will provide policy briefings and schedule meetings for you on Capitol Hill.  And you won’t be alone.  The AASLH Council holds its winter meeting in conjunction with MAD each year so staff and Council can participate in Advocacy Day.

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