TSVP strongly encourages local historical societies and museums to engage history in real time by using digital media to document, preserve, interpret, and share what is happening in our communities–right now. Carpe diem!
In our opinion, too many local history organizations are rear facing and fixated on a static past.
We think these organizations can and should actively engage the present because come tomorrow, sure enough, today will be the past. Then what? What can we do today?
We think every local history organization should have some form of active community-based oral history program to celebrate, honor, and learn from the amazing lived experiences of our citizens–before this history is lost.
Obituaries are not a meaningful way to learn about local history.