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Start a Nonprofit Historic Preservation Organization

Learn the steps to start a nonprofit organization in Wisconsin and best practices to get your historic preservation organization off to a good start.
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Find Historic Preservation Commissions in Wisconsin

Historic Preservation Commission List (PDF)
See PDF of contact information for Local Historic Preservation Commissions in Wisconsin. Maintained by the Wisconsin Historical Society..
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Wisconsin's Major Historic Preservation Statutes

Read an overview of role of state statutes and see the compendium of primary state historic preservation laws (PDF).
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How to Organize a Successful Meeting for Your Historic Preservation Advocacy Group

Design and facilitate your historic preservation group meetings to foster a lively and productive discussion
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How to Make a Case for Historic Preservation in Your Community: Know Your Audience

To make a case for historic preservation in your community, you must understand your audience
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How to Turn Historic Preservation Supporters into Advocates

Turn reluctant supporters of historic preservation into preservation advocates by preparing counter-arguments to common concerns
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How to Use Strategic Planning to Achieve Your Historic Preservation Advocacy Goals

Help your historic preservation advocacy group get from point A to point B by developing a goal-based strategic plan.
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How to Start a Historic Preservation Advocacy Effort

Learn how to get started with an advocacy effort to save historic buildings and resources in your community
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How to Solve a Community Planning Problem with a Charrette

A charette might be your best tool when your historic preservation group is is faced with a problem that requires a community solution
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What You Need to Know Before You Start a Historic Preservation Advocacy Group

Before you sign the paperwork to form a new historic preservation group, learn about your supporters and community.
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How to Find and Ask for Support from Government

Government Relations for Historic Preservation Advocates, Part 1 of 2
Your historic preservation advocacy group can accomplish great things by building a good relationship with government officials.
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How to Target Government Outreach Efforts to the Right People

Government Relations for Historic Preservation Advocates, Part 2 of 2
Learn how elected officials get their information so you can target your group's outreach to the right people
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Lobbying Tips for Grassroots Historic Preservation Advocates

Make the most of your meeting with an elected official or political staffer by takinge the right actions before, during, and after the meeting.
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Government Outreach Tips for Advocates

Get to Know Your Elected Officials and their Staff
Government outreach for advocates means two things: establishing relationships with the right people, and knowing who does what.
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How Tax Status Affects Your Nonprofit Organization's Advocacy Activities

Your nonprofit organization's tax status determines whether your organization can engage in lobbying and other political activities
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Lobbying Opportunities for Historic Preservation Advocates

Your historic preservation advocacy group can make a lasting impression on Congressional members by showing up in Washington D.C.
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How a Professional Lobbyist Can Help Your Historic Preservation Group

A professional lobbyist can be a good investment when your historic preservation group wants to do a targeted campaign.
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Heritage and Preservation Caucuses

An Effective Tool to Advocate for Historic Preservation Public Policies
Caucuses offers the structure to create new programs and policies that respond to ever-changing preservation needs.
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How to Evaluate Your Community's Historic Preservation Values

Understanding Your Community's Values on Historic Resources, Part 1 of 2
If you want to make a case for historic preservation in your community, you’ll need to understand your community’s values about its historic resources.
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How to Match Your Advocacy Efforts to Your Community's Historic Preservation Values

Understanding Your Community's Values about Historic Resources, Part 2 of 2
Your historic preservation advocacy work will be most effective if you match your efforts to your community's values on historic resources.

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