PURPOSE & GOALS
The goals of the Mobile History Project are
to provide useful and relevant resources,
to build unity and inspire progress,
to strengthen civic identity and a shared commitment to the city's future
by increasing awareness of
Mobile's unique role in the broader context of American history.
The Mobile History Project encourages an historical perspective
which embraces both triumphs and failures,
a more inclusive and document-based perspective
on Mobile's historical narrative, in order to enhance the
confidence and well-being of the entire community.
Realizing that no idea or event takes place in isolation, the purpose
is to illuminate people and events which have been traditionally overlooked or under-represented, to inspire empathy and understanding by understanding motivation and causes, by recognizing the connection between individual actions, community values and historical patterns.
Exploring not only what happened but why, the resources of the
Mobile History Project
are intended to establish a more coherent link from the past to the present
and a clearer, more unified path to the future.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation
invites us to "share a place that helps tell a little-known or underrepresented piece of the American story."
MobileHistoryProject.com was created to serve this purpose, seeking to explore little-known pieces of the past so that, from this mosaic of diverse cultures and people, emerges a more authentic picture of the unique heritage we all share.
and the Mobile Dialogue Blog
was created in the Belief that citizens who KNOW MORE, identify more closely with the community and its success,
informed citizens DO MORE,
both in the community and for the community,
the goals of the Mobile Dialogue Blog are
EXPANDING PUBLIC ACCESS
INSPIRING ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP
In other words,
knowledge leads to engagement
and engagement leads to commitment
and when citizens are committed to the community,
they share a responsibility
for making it the best it can be,
now and in the future.