Advocacy

Anjuli Grantham, Marie Darlin, and John Cloe meet with legislators in Juneau, Alaska, January 2014

Anjuli Grantham, Marie Darlin, and John Cloe meet with legislators in Juneau, Alaska, January 2014

The Alaska Historical Society actively advocates for state and federal history programs and funding. As an independent non-profit with statewide membership, AHS shares with legislators the positive impacts that the Office of History and Archaeology and the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums bring to Alaska residents. We also advocate for social studies programs in schools, statewide commemoration activities, and special projects that improve both scholarship on, and education about, Alaska’s history. Advocacy committee members meet with legislators at home and in Juneau to make sure that funding for the humanities is not overlooked.

On the federal level, AHS works with Alaska’s legislators to secure funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Archives and Records Administration, the National Park Service, and other agencies that work to safeguard our history and culture.

There are many ways that you can be a history advocate. Please review the AHS advocacy priorities and let your legislators know that these priorities matter to you and your community. This can be done either in person, over the phone, through e-mail, or by mail. Your voice truly matters.

If you are interested in engaging in a deeper way with advocacy, please consider serving on the Advocacy Committee. If you are interested in sharing your expertise or want to learn the ropes of state and federal advocacy, please be in touch! Your energy and enthusiasm will be most welcome.

For more information, please contact:
Rebecca Poulson, AHS President and Advocacy Committee Chair  E-mail: rebecca_poulson@hotmail.com

What You Can Do To Help Now
Please write or e-mail your State legislators ASAP, indicating your support of the State Library, Archives, Museum (SLAM) building project and encourage them to include the necessary funding in the budget (see sample letter). The Senate Finance Committee is working now to create the capital budget, so time is of the essence. We need an additional $22.215m to be inserted into the capital budget, on top of the $15m that the governor included, to fully fund the project this year. If full funding does not come forth, the project will stop as it goes out for re-bid. It will cost over $9m to mothball the project. SLAM is at a critical juncture, and your help is needed.

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