Staff Recommendations to CHCs Packet

THC staff identified programs and services most frequently used by CHCs and developed the Staff Recommendations to CHCs packet to make the most of these preservation opportunities. The recommendation framework within the packet enables CHCs of varying sizes and capacities to direct efforts in constructive ways rather than expend energy in work that may be less advantageous in the long run. 

Staff Recommendations to CHCs

Understanding the Packet Framework

Recommendations within the packet are broken down into three levels:

Priority LevelsTheme for Each Level


Basic responsibility that most every CHC should be able to fulfill


Actions that develop constructive relationships


Intermediate step or work item to be addressed if Level 1 priority is in hand


Actions that serve the best interests of county resources


Higher level of participation to be addressed if Levels 1-2 are in hand


Actions that demonstrate a county preservation ethic

Level 1 is garnering relationships with THC programs and staff to enable your CHC to make the most of its resources. Don't know much about preservation? That's okay because THC staff and other partner organizations can help you find answers. Don't have many appointees? Don't have much funding? That's okay, too, because you can use your limited resources to work with local and regional organizations on projects and events. 

Level 2 is meeting responsibilities that require a better understanding of the cultural and historic resources in your county. Organizationally speaking, your appointees are engaged and making efforts to understand the breadth of county resources and the significance attached to each resource. Level 2 CHCs don't just research what's interesting on a personal level, but embrace statutory obligations on a professional level to preserve and protect the diversity of county resources.

Level 3 is demonstrating a preservation ethic developed from maintaining strategic relationships. At this level, a CHC has shown itself to be an authority on county history. With this positioning and expertise, your CHC is now in a position of authority in which you can influence others, including key decision-makers for local, regional, and statewide issues that affect historic preservation.