Local Advocate Resources
All preservation is local, it's as simple as that. Having an solid base of grassroots preservation supporters seems like it would be simple and easy to accomplish, but that is not always so. Growing an effective preservation constituency takes time, effort and a lot of proactivity but it certainly pays off in the long run and benefits preservation efforts and your community as a whole. You don't need to have everything figured out all at once and it is easy to get overwhelmed. Starting small can mean big results later on. Here are some resources, links and documents to help you begin (or continue) to grow your preservation advocacy efforts in your community.
15 Questions for Local Advocates
Important questions to ask yourself when taking on an advocacy issue or campaign. Click on the question mark icon or the title above to download.
Roadmap to Preservation Success
Preservation can be a windy road. This "roadmap" will help you plan your way forward, and give important advice and insight for work, collaborations and focuses along the way. Click the title above to download your own map.
These virtual "conversations" have a lot of insight and suggestions for local advocates from the PM staff, Circuit Riders and MHC staff. Installments of particular interest may be Episode 3 - Growing Grassroots Constituencies and Episode 5 - How to Talk About Preservation. Click to see the video archive.
Other Helpful Links & Documents
Local Commission Resource Library - a collaboration between Preservation Massachusetts & Chris Skelly of the Massachusetts Historical Commission
Workshops & Presentations - a listing of upcoming educational offerings and gatherings