What's Working for Us

Every organization needs a solid foundation on which to stand.  How does your historical society raise the funds necessary to accomplish their goals?  How do you build a strong relationship with the community around you?  Where do other historical societies find the volunteers that make it possible to accomplish their mission?  The panels presented in this track will focus on the biggest issues historical societies face today, and give you the resources.

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Innovative Programs

Speaker 1: Long Beach Historical Society, Julie Bartolotto - Historical Cemetery TourClaremont Heritage
Speaker 2: David Shearer - Home Tours
Friday, June 24 - 9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m.

In order to bring visitors to your organization, you need a way to draw them in.  This panel will focus on some of the great programs historical societies have to bring visitors to their doors.

Audience Development

Adrienne McGraw - John F. Kennedy University
Friday, June 24 - 10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Times change, communities change.  Is your historical society keeping the present in mind, while still preserving the past? This panel will discuss fresh ways to connect with your community and drive visitors to your door.

Community Partnership

Speaker 1: Kris Payne - CCHS, Regional Vice President for Regions 16
Speaker 2: Ralph Thomas - San Dimas Historical Society
Speaker 3: Randi Peshkin - Spurs & Satin
Friday, June 24 - 2:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m.

Every historical organization needs a way to reach out to the people around them.  Kris Payne, Randi Peshkin, and Ralph Thomas will discuss ways to join forces with the leaders in the community to create a mutually beneficial relationship.


Speaker 1: Michael Otten - CCHS, Second Vice President
Speaker 2: Paul Rippens - Associated Historical Societies of Los Angeles County, Vice President and Newsletter Editor
Friday, June 24 - 3:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m.

Many people remain unaware of the wonderful work historical organizations do to preserve their region's history.  It's not because preservation isn't important, but rather because many historical societies haven't taken advantage of the myriad ways available to reach out to their current members and gain new ones.  This panel will focus on reaching out to your members and ways you can increase your connection with them.

Volunteer Recruitment

Kerith Dilley
Saturday, June 25 - 9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m.

In this workshop, Kerith Dilley will help you identify whether your historical society has a robust volunteer pipeline, determine what strategies you can implement to cultivate volunteers, and empower your volunteers to express their values to the fullest potential.

The Politics of Preservation

Kevin Bash - Mayor of Norco
Saturday, June 25 - 10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Mayor Kevin Bash will present the extraordinary efforts by the City of Norco and non-profit organization the Lake Norconian Club Foundation to remember, protect, and preserve the fabulous Norconian and its subsequent use as a major Naval Hospital and Cold War Missile Lab. The battle to bring awareness and preserve this National Treasure prompted the formation of the Lake Norconian Club Foundation, the establishment of Norco's historic commission and qualifying as a Certified Local Government, instituting a professional program to protect the community's artifacts and history, assembling a team of experts and volunteers and staging dozens of major events to bring awareness and funding to the preservation efforts, as well as a subsequent, groundbreaking lawsuit against the great State of California.

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