Advocacy In Preservation
Advocacy takes many forms, meaning anyone—including you—can become an advocate for historic preservation. Advocating for Nevada Preservation Foundation’s agenda does not require scholarly expertise in local history and architecture. But it does require a knowledgeable interest in Nevada’s built environment, a willingness to donate time and effort, and a passion for community and cultural heritage.
What does it mean to advocate for historic preservation?
Advocacy starts with tracking the plans and policies of local, state, and national actors and how their actions affect historic preservation. Attending and speaking at meetings of the local preservation commission is advocacy, as is joining Nevada Preservation Foundation – because “strength in numbers” is not just a cliché. Your participation gives us a powerful voice with policymakers, developers, and others who make decisions about the community’s historic environment.
How does Nevada Preservation Foundation advocate for historic preservation?
Nevada Preservation Foundation offers excellent advocacy guidance by developing and implementing preservation policies and initiatives, providing technical assistance for constituents, helping develop programs, engaging in community outreach, and coordinating advocacy with grass-roots groups, individuals, and local government.
Getting Your Voice Heard
Reach out to the media
Advocacy campaigns benefit greatly from a well-run media outreach program. A media campaign represents an organization’s single best opportunity to be in touch with its intended audience. Learn more about media communications for advocacy from the National Trust for Historic Preservation (PDF).
Prepare successful lobbying materials
Handouts, leave-behinds, and one-pagers help you paint a picture of the impact federal policy makes at the local level, an impact that is critical to illustrate during advocacy at the state and federal level. Learn more from Preservation Action.
Lobby elected officials
For many, the word lobbying conjures up images of back rooms and cigar smoke, back slaps and bags of money. Those images are far from the truth. Casting your ballot in the voting booth may be the most fundamental of democratic acts, but talking to your elected official—lobbying–is the indispensable next step. Read more from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.