ESVA Heritage Center collections assist community initiatives
In preparation for the Board of Trustees Strategic Planning project, staff was asked to prepare recommendations of our own departmental goals for consideration by the Board. To that end staff has been looking over the Heritage Center’s Mission, Vision and Value Statements which were approved by the Board last month.
At the same time, we answered a query from the Eastern Shore of Virginia Rail Trail Working Group partnership, the group tasked with promoting and supporting development of a 50-mile hiking and bicycling trail along the Eastern Shore’s railroad line. As a member of the partnership, Library Director Cara Burton asked staff to check our digital image collections for photos of the railroad and tracks for a rack card the group is creating.
The request (and Director Cara Burton’s involvement as a member of the group) ties into the second bullet point of the ESVA Heritage Center Value Statement about partnerships: “We build collaborative relationships with educational systems, cultural institutions, community-based organizations and local governments.” And it fits with the first bullet of Historical Stewardship which states that we will “share our rich heritage.”
We were happy to contribute to a Shore-wide economic and cultural development project. It also provided a great opportunity for us to spread the word about our diverse collections to members of the group and to anyone picking up that rack card in the future. The Heritage Center is not just about collecting our history but making it as accessible and available as possible – not only for the benefit of individual researchers, but also for the benefit of the greater community.