CURRENT ISSUE

AHCA Board Charts Course for 2022

The AHCA Board of Directors has approved the vital policy documents for 2022 that are necessary to effectively work toward the mission of supporting the Austin History Center in its mission to procure, preserve, present, and provide the historical records that make up Austin’s unique story.


At its Aug. 18 meeting the AHCA Board approved both a budget and program of work for the 2022 fiscal year, which started June 1, 2021. The program of work includes goals for each of AHCA’s 10 volunteer committees for the coming year. In all, 19 goals and annual housekeeping measures were identified. Highlights include:


Campus Expansion

  • Raise at least $50,000 to help pay for the Master Plan to guide expansion of the AHC into the neighboring John Henry Faulk Central Library building. The committee has already raised more than $63,000.


Strategic Engagement

  • Convene select discussions regarding a community-wide capital campaign tied to the expansion of the AHC.

  • Explore creation of a Downtown Historic Corridor focusing on the AHC, Bremond Block, Wooldridge Square, and other early elements of Austin’s central city.


Oral History

  • Identify, select, conduct, and complete 20 to 25 oral history interviews with key Austinites and submit them to the AHC.

  • Collaborate with others in Austin doing oral histories and propose ways to share information with each other and the public.


Waterloo Press

  • Produce a business plan to include securing underwriting of any book to be published by Waterloo Press/AHCA.

  • Purge and liquidate non-valued inventory.

  • Publish Indelible Austin Volume 4 and conduct promotional book signings and other launch events.

  • Identify contributing authors for possible anthology about Austin.


Communications/Social Media/Public Relations

  • Coordinate editorial content for various AHCA communication channels and other outreach efforts.

  • Increase knowledge of AHC and its resources among the general public through use of photos and videos posted on social media accounts.

  • Provide messaging, marketing, and PR for AHCA events.


Eberly

  • Conduct 12th annual Eberly Luncheon fundraiser Feb. 4, 2022 at The Austin Club.


Corporate Membership

  • Launch corporate membership program with focus on local and national businesses and their employees.


Membership

  • Expand individual and family memberships and retain 60 percent of existing members.

  • Recruit four members to become Life Members.

  • Conduct two Membership Spotlight Events (in conjunction with the Annual Meeting and Awards Committee) – fall event and spring event.

  • Conduct a combination Behind the Walls Spotlight Event at AHC that includes presentation of Katherine Drake Hart Award and the AHCA Annual Meeting in May 2022 (in conjunction with the Annual Meeting and Awards Committee).


Finance and Investment

  • Recruit donors to build AHCA Operating Endowment by $500,000.


Executive Committee

  • Support expansion of use of NEON web-based accounting tools and software for more integrated membership, dues, and accounting functions.

  • Establish board succession plan through member recruitment and nomination.

  • Finalize formal agreement between AHCA and Austin Public Library regarding work on AHC expansion.


To learn more about volunteering with any AHCA committee, visit the Volunteer page of the AHCA website.