Throughout New York State, local history museums and cultural institutions play a vital role in preserving and highlighting the stories of peoples who have contributed to society in a myriad of ways. Whether large or small, each institution has important stories to share.
Many museums and cultural institutions across the state share the mutual goal with local social studies councils of finding ways to make history accessible and relevant for the next generation. The adoption of the New York State K – 12 Social Studies Framework (NYS Framework) and development of Inquiries using the Inquiry Design Model (IDM) as featured in the NYS K – 12 Social Studies Toolkit, present each local council additional opportunities to consider when expanding their relationships with local museums and cultural institutions in the region that they serve.
Jonathan Dalbo of the Niagara Frontier Council for Social Studies put this useful list of Strategies for Expanding Partnerships with Local Museums and Institutions together to help local councils work with cultural partners in their area.