Americans often view history as static and boring due to the way they were taught about the past in school.

Exhibits and other museum programming from the past tends to mirror this rote learning.

Carol Kammen acknowledges, and rejoices, that more historical organizations are working to engage their audiences with local history in interesting and inspiring ways.

She emphasizes, “Community education should really involve the public in the historical process.”

Making connections to the past with community members is an advantage of local history and educational programs should take advantage of this opportunity.

Kammen explains the ideals of community engagement and how to make local history relevant to contemporary issues.