HPLM joins more than 300 museums in endorsing the importance of history

History helps people discover their place in time through stories of their families, communities and nation.

History teaches vital skills, such as critical thinking in problem-solving and giving perspective on difficult situations.

History is the foundation for strong, vibrant communities because it preserves family stories, tribal traditions and more.

History helps people envision a better future by expressing opinions, listening to others and weaving history into discussions about contemporary issues to clarify differing perspectives and misperceptions.

These are some of the points in the American Association of State and Local History’s Value of History Statement. The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums recently joined more than 300 museums in endorsing this statement, which shares why preserving history and hearing the stories of the past is so important.

“We endorsed this statement because it’s an inspiring and important reminder of why we do what we do and for whom we do it,” said Christie Weininger, Hayes Presidential executive director.


The entire statement:


IDENTITY » History nurtures personal and collective identity in a diverse world. People discover their place in time through stories of their families, communities, and nation. These stories of freedom and equality, injustice and struggle, loss and achievement, and courage and triumph shape people’s personal values that guide them through life.

CRITICAL THINKING » History teaches vital skills. Historical thinking requires critical approaches to evidence and argument and develops contextual understanding and historical perspective, encouraging meaningful engagement with concepts like continuity, change, and causation, and the ability to interpret and communicate complex ideas clearly and coherently.


VIBRANT COMMUNITIES » History is the foundation for strong, vibrant communities. A place becomes a community when wrapped in human memory as told through family stories, tribal traditions, and civic commemorations as well as discussions about our roles and responsibilities to each other and the places we call home.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT » History is a catalyst for economic growth. Communities with cultural heritage institutions and a strong sense of historical character attract talent, increase tourism revenues, enhance business development, and fortify local economies.


ENGAGED CITIZENS » History helps people envision a better future. Democracy thrives when individuals convene to express opinions, listen to others, and take action. Weaving history into discussions about contemporary issues clarifies differing perspectives and misperceptions, reveals complexities, grounds competing views in evidence, and introduces new ideas; all can lead to greater understanding and viable community solutions.

LEADERSHIP » History inspires leaders. History provides today’s leaders with role models as they navigate through the complexities of modern life. The stories of persons from the past can offer direction to contemporary leaders and help clarify their values and ideals.

LEGACY » History, saved and preserved, is the foundation for future generations. Historical knowledge is crucial to protecting democracy. By preserving authentic and meaningful documents, artifacts, images, stories, and places, future generations have a foundation on which to build and know what it means to be a member of the civic community

To see what museums and organizations have endorsed this statement, visit https://www.historyrelevance.com/value-history-statement.

The Hayes Presidential is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner of the federal presidential library system. It is partially funded by the state of Ohio and affiliated with the Ohio History Connection. The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.

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