During the past year, the Norwich Historical Society developed a five-year strategic plan to ensure that NHS will be a dynamic, healthy organization that is recognized as an area leader for history and heritage tourism.
Our Peer Advisor Network consultant facilitated the process, and using stakeholder’s surveys the NHS was able to identify specific areas of growth such as programming, exhibits, collaborations, marketing, and branding, which will all increase NHS’s visibility. Residents will want to be part of this hip, inclusive and vibrant organization that creates a sense of place and fosters appreciation of Norwich’s complex heritage.
The vision for the Norwich Historical Society includes activities that will promote community engagement through greater historical and cultural understanding of Norwich’s diverse past. NHS will be a critical historical resource for adults and children alike. The continued success of the Norwich Heritage and Visitors’ Center, comprehensive public and youth programs, and expanded offerings of walking tours will help solidify NHS’ important role. Advocacy of historic preservation of Norwich’s past will be a core organizational priority and will ensure that the community’s fragile antiquity is saved for posterity.
NHS established a variety of key initiatives and strategies such as:
1. Education and Information through Community Engagement– NHS will help share and preserve Norwich’s rich history through education, information, and advocacy.
2. Visible Cultural Leader– NHS will be known and recognized throughout the city as a heritage and tourism leader whose efforts help to celebrate local history while bringing people and organizations together.