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History organizations urged to complete national visitation survey


The American Association for State and Local History is currently seeking responses to its annual National Visitation Survey for History Organizations which will be used to produce the National Visitation Report, the field’s only national effort to monitor and report on in-person visitation trends at history museums, historic sites and other history organizations in the United States. The survey will help the field assess the impact extended closures from COVID-19, climate change, social unrest and more had on the nation’s historical institutions last year. In addition to asking about changes to in-person visitation from 2019 to 2020, the survey includes a special section about the impact of the pandemic on operations, capacity restrictions and staffing.

Photo of the cover of the National Visitation Report 2019

In order to complete the survey, history organizations will need visitation data for 2019 and 2020, as well as additional information about the organization’s budget and staffing for 2020. The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Submitted data will help the entire field better understand the impact 2020 had on the history community and help the association provide better resources and support for the road ahead.

History organizations: Go here to take the survey and encourage colleagues at other institutions to do the same. Deadline for submission: March 31, 2021.


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