Strategy #1: Examples

Be Ready to Make Your Case

A Vote of Confidence for the North Berrien Historical Museum - In 1992, a dedicated group of volunteers from the North Berrien Historical Society created the North Berrien Historical Museum in Coloma, Michigan.

Alliance of National Heritage Areas Campaigns to Restore Funding - When the National Heritage Areas program was targeted for a 50 percent budget cut in President Obama’s FY11 budget, the Alliance of National Heritage Areas sprang into action.

City Council Sees Lynchburg Museum System’s Success Up Close - Seeing is believing, and a tour of the Lynchburg Museum and historic home Point of Honor gave members of Lynchburg, Virginia’s City Council a chance to experience the museum as a community treasure.

Facebook Helps Save Washington State’s Main Street Program - In 2010, when the state of Washington proposed eliminating the Main Street Program as part of the state’s budget cuts.

Knowing Visitors Helps History Sites Succeed - Attracting more visitors, writing successful grant applications, making the case for increased support from funders and targeting resources are ongoing tasks for historic sites and museums.

Making the Case for Wyoming’s State Parks - In preparation for the 2010 fall legislative committee meetings, the Wyoming State Parks and Historic Sites program is completing a study to demonstrate the economic impact of Wyoming’s state parks.

North Dakota Invests in Heritage - Reaching out to build grassroots support, keeping the governor’s office informed and seeking out champions in the state legislature has paved the way for several ambitious statewide efforts in North Dakota.

Tapping Social Media to Help Save California’s State Parks - In 2009, California’s overwhelming state budget crisis led to a proposal to close 220 of the state’s 278 state parks.