A centralized point of contact for operators/tenants/stakeholders with the multiple departments in larger municipalities/owners is beneficial to all partners for the efficiency and consistency of communications.
Historic sites under one ownership cannot all be treated the same – the individual nature of the site and the mandate of the partners need to be respected.
Owners must understand and accept that the advocacy mandate of some partners may result in comments, discussions and even criticism of their management of historic sites.
An important demonstration of the owner’s recognition that partnerships bring added value to the sites, is the assigning of appropriate resources to fulfill its obligations under their agreements.
Tailored agreements can best position the partners to fulfill their mission and increase the site’s access to funding from other sources while attracting greater community participation from new audiences.
Over the winter of 2021, the Trust undertook a research project to better understand the challenges facing these sites and learn how partners are working together to resolve them. The research included a national survey and over 40 interviews with owners, operators, and community partners. The report presents the methodology and results of the research, and this Shared Stewardship Toolkit presents recommendations in a format that will be useful for all partners.
The Places, Players and Partnerships. A. The Places: Geographic location and physical complexity have a significant impact on the ways that sites are governed and operated. While there are universal issues and best practices to be shared across all sites, the specifics of location and site size determine certain dynamics in the shared stewardship dynamic that should be considered.