Partners

Why Partner to Celebrate Preservation Week?

  • strengthen community
  • reach new audiences—increase participation
  • inspire others

Potential Partners

  • libraries
  • museums and historical societies
  • university, business, or other archives
  • K–12 schools or classrooms
  • graduate library or museum studies programs
  • local businesses
  • collector’s groups
  • community organizations

Tips for Successful Partnerships

  • Don’t begin by asking for money.
  • Start small; build relationships over time.
  • Develop a clear goal for this partnership—what will it achieve? What does each party bring to the table?
  • Meet face to face with partner decision makers to present your vision.
  • Use bullet points, simple language, and no more than 10 points to describe your vision and purpose.
  • Draw up a written agreement that details responsibilities and resolves questions—it may take a several meetings.
  • Meet regularly to discuss progress and perceptions with partners.
  • Keep all stakeholders informed (use email, meetings, or another strategy).
  • Plan internally about next steps for the relationship.
  • No partnership is forever—plan for separation in advance.
  • Thank your partner—in writing, in meetings, in public, and often!