Preserving Community and Chamber History
Recognition and promotion of a community or organization’s history is not only a way to protect and celebrate its heritage, but also an important tool for strengthening communities through revitalization, tourism, and economic development.
Historic Preservation Initiatives
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP)
has published several reports and has numerous resources of interest to chambers.
- Affordable Housing and Historic Preservation Policy Statement - Adopted by the ACHP’s Council Members in 2005, and still widely used by communities receiving funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
- Managing Change: Preservation and Rightsizing in America (March 2014) - Provides an assessment of the effect of "rightsizing" (reducing to an optimum size) on community viability, and makes recommendations for using historic preservation tools in revitalizing and redeveloping legacy cities and other communities that have been affected by the economic downturn and mortgage foreclosure crisis. Recommends that historic preservation inform the revitalization of our communities and is not considered an impediment to economic recovery.
- Measuring Economic Impacts of Historic Preservation (September 2013) - Seeks to identify a finite number of indicators that can be used to regularly, consistently, and credibly measure the economic impact of historic preservation over time.
- Preserve America Communities - Recognizes and designates communities -- including municipalities, counties, neighborhoods in large cities, and tribal communities -- that protect and celebrate their heritage.
Celebrating Chamber Milestones
History of Chambers
- Visit ACCE's Centennial Website
- Read the book, The Magicians of Main Street: America and its Chambers of Commerce, 1768-1945, by Chris Mead (published Summer 2014)
- Access ACCE's Chamber Executive magazine articles on chamber history:
- Merchants of Peace, by Chris Mead, Chamber Executive (Summer 2014)
- Two Momentous Breakfasts Fifty Years Apart, by Andrea Bennett House, Chamber Executive (Spring 2014)
- Book Review: Voices from the Past, by Chris Mead, Chamber Executive (Spring 2012)
- Old Fashioned Cents, by Chris Mead, Chamber Executive (Spring 2012)
- Not Born for Ourselves Alone, by Chris Mead, Chamber Executive (Winter 2012)
- WSJ Profiles Chamber History Project, ACCE blog post by Tania Kohut (August 2012)
- Chambers Connect You - Video recording by Greg Durocher weaves in chamber history while communicating the value of chamber membership in this episode of "A Moment for Business." (10/31/2016)
- The History of Junior Chamber International (JCI) - A definitive re-telling on the origins of Junior Chamber International (JCI), aka "Jaycees", a global, nonprofit organization of young active citizens age 18 to 40 who are engaged and committed to creating impact in their communities. (YouTube video)
- Browse articles by chamber CEOs on Chamber History:
Chamber Historical Initiatives
- 50th Anniversary of JFK Breakfast Event - Anticipating worldwide observances of the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the Fort Worth Chamber scheduled a commemorative breakfast event for Nov. 22, 2013, honoring Kennedy’s historic visit to Fort Worth and his final public speech Nov. 22, 1963, at a Fort Worth Chamber breakfast. The breakfast would mark a moment in time for the community as it searched for ways to understand and remember the fateful events of that day. The chamber produced a program for the event.
- Heritage Trails - Fort Worth Chamber - The Texas Historical Commission asserts that “Heritage Tourism” is the fastest-growing segment of the Texas tourism industry. Sophisticated historical and directional signage -- along with monuments, memorials, buildings and open spaces -- contribute to memorable destination cities. Research from the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau shows that most visitors to Fort Worth are drawn by its western heritage, yet the city had not capitalized on this history. A task force that included the CVB aimed to use a permanent exhibit of historical signage in the downtown, accompanied by walking maps and information kiosks, to make Fort Worth the most memorable city in the U.S. by educating and entertaining Fort Worth residents and visitors.
- “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants” 125th Anniversary Book - Greater Des Moines Partnership - In 2013, the Greater Des Moines Partnership recognized the 125th anniversary of successful economic development work in central Iowa. The yearlong celebration began at the Partnership’s Annual Dinner in January, and culminated in November with the publication and release of a commemorative book titled, “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants.” Written by regionally renowned journalist, Dave Elbert, this beautiful, oversized book was produced in partnership with the Des Moines Business Record, and the Iowa History Center at Simpson College.
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| Preserving Community and Chamber HistoryLast Updated: 10/4/2017