Basic Template for Organizational History
I. Rational for preparing and maintaining the history of community organizations
A. New members and officers will benefit from knowing why the organization was formed, how its mission has evolved over time, and how that heritage may or should influence current decision-making.
B. A narrative history is more likely to survive time and the passage of materials from officer to officer than is a set of loose papers and records.
C. The collective impact of accumulating many organizational histories will be to add an important dimension to the history of the community and region in which the organizations are located.
II. An outline for preparing to write the history of a community organization
A. The founding
was the organization (or local chapter if the organization
is national) formed?
B. The growth and maturing of the organization
a typical year's worth of the organization's activities.
C. The organization today
is the status/overall health of the organization today?
III. For the benefit of future researches, what is the location of the following items belonging to the organization?
Date this form was filled out and by whom ___________________________________________
Dates of subsequent additions/changes made _________________________________________
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PAC/VBHS “Community Roots” Project
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