DCHS VP position explained
This page is explanatory background primarily for those who function as DCHS Vice Presidents or considering doing so.
In late 2017, the Dutchess County Historical Society started to restore the long-held tradition of having town Vice Presidents as a way to establish a clear point of contact to collaborate on mutual interests, if and as any are defined. To ensure a consistent approach, DCHS reaches out to each municipal historian (city, town, village) and asking them to either consider the position for themselves or recommend someone who might be interested and a right fit.
A long tradition
What is the job?
The function is to be lead contact with DCHS such that sharing information and ideas helps support the goals of the local and county organization. We believe we will able to to improve quality, comprehensiveness and sustainability of exhibitions and programs — online and physical. And will be able to share ideas and “best practices” to close skills gaps, for example, in digital work like websites and social media.We all face similar questions from the very broad: what kind of organization should we be in five years? To the very practical: Who could speak on this topic? Who could help with data management in Past Perfect? In short, we believe the benefit to the town historical community is many-faceted and new ideas for the role are not just welcome but sought out.
How are they determined?
To ensure a consistent approach, we are reaching out to each municipal historian (city, town, village) and asking them to either consider the position for themselves or recommend someone who might be interested and a right fit.
What will we focus on, what will I do?
Share limited, specialist resources
Volunteer pool (e.g. xls mail merge or Past Perfect)
Understand best practices
Social media role/use
Email database best use
Share common research tools
Online county-wide maps
Online county-wide newspapers
How do we develop and maintain a strategic plan?
What are new sources of revenue and donor possibilities?
Can you make money with collections?
Are there a lot of meetings?
We may occasionally want to meet, but will always have the option of calling into a conference phone to avoid a lot of travel time for some.
What we make of it is up to each of us, to try and to test and to learn and to adapt.