Last night I had dinner with Tim Grove, an award-winning writer, public historian at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, and one of the driving forces behind the History Relevance Campaign. Stay tuned for an Author’s Corner interview with Tim on his recent book A Grizzly in the Mail and Other Adventures in American History.
Most of our conversation revolved around the History Relevance Campaign. Tim and his colleagues are passionate about bringing history and historical thinking to bear on civic life. Head over to the website and take some time to explore. I strongly encourage everyone to read the “Values Statement.” It makes a compelling case for why history is essential to ourselves, our communities, and our future.
As someone who is passionate about bringing history and historical thinking to public audiences, I wholeheartedly endorse the work of the History Relevance Campaign. A whole host of history organizations and institutions agree with me. The Values Statement has been endorsed by the Organization of American Historians, National History Day, World History Association, Virginia Historical Society, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Oral History Association, National Council on Public History, Massachusetts Historical Society, History Channel, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, George Mason University History Department, Civil War Trust, Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, American Association of State and Local History, and many more.
If you want to make a case for the importance of history in our world today, the History Relevance Campaign is worth a look. You can connect with them as well on their LinkedIn site.