In 2013, a group of public historians, preservationists, educators, historic site managers, and museum leaders got together and asked, â€œHow can we re-brand history and show that it is crucial to our nationâ€™s future?â€
Thus was born the History Relevance Campaign, a grassroots movement made up of public historians who aim to show why the study and practice of history develop life skills that contribute to a strongerÂ citizenry and are crucial to our nationâ€™s future. The focus is on the need to raise the proï¬le of history and its value in the general public.
Over the past year, the group has held conversations at conferences of the American Alliance of Museums, National History Day, National Council for Public History, American Historical Association, and the American Association for State and Local History.
Not connected to any one history organization, the group intends to craft a strategy to make the teaching of history and related skills an integral and essential part of the K-12 curriculum.
Attendees to the Affiliations National Conference have the opportunity to contribute to the conversation first-hand and help build an action plan for the History Relevance Campaign during a session on Tuesday, June 24:
History Relevance Campaign: Raising Historyâ€™s Profile
Kim Fortney, Deputy Director, National History Day
Tim Grove, Chief of Museum Learning, National Air and Space Museum
Kent Whitworth, Executive Director, Kentucky Historical Society
Come help shape and form a national campaign for history. Anyone can also join the discussion now on LinkedIn at http://bit.ly/historybrand.
While youâ€™re planning your Affiliations conference attendance, consider staying for the 21st Century Museum Leadership Seminar, June 26-27, in collaboration with the George Washington University. Additional fees apply. Click here to fill out an application.
The Smithsonian Affiliations National Conference is for current Affiliates only. If you are interested in becoming an Affiliate, or have an application in progress and would like to attend the Conference, please contact Elizabeth Bugbee for more information.