We all know the significance of history in our own lives, but we begin to wonder, sometimes, whether that concept is widely understood in our communities. Others share those concerns, and they have created a new cooperative effort, the History Relevance Campaign (HRC) to remind people why history matters to all of us. At a time when many organizations are struggling with reduced budgets and wavering public support, it’s more important than ever to honor our local history and make sure decision-makers are aware of our interest in preserving our stories and our historic places. History Colorado, our statewide voice for history, has already endorsed the HRC value statement.
We call on organizations to endorse, share, and use this statement on the value of history in contemporary life. With common agreement, commitment, and open conversation about why history is important, we believe the historical community can change the common perception that history is nice, but not essential.