Mission, Values & Vision
values, and vision statement provides a framework for the development of
a 5 year Strategic Plan, setting the
direction and providing a focus for developing action plans and
prioritizing the work of the Fort Smith Historical Society.
Our mission statement describes our core purpose – why we
exist, what we do, and why we do it
Our values are closely held beliefs that guide our individual
and group behaviors and direct our institutional decision making
Our vision describes our future aspirations for this
mission of this organization is to publish a historical journal
pertaining to the city of Fort Smith and surrounding area. The style
of the publication is The Journal of the Fort Smith Historical
Society. The Society shall collect documents, photographs, and
papers. The Society shall collect audio and visual interviews for
the purpose of making public history presentations. The FSHS is a
non-profit organization dedicated to community service.
Documentary accuracy, we seek always to maintain the highest
journalistic standards in all of our published works.
Historical Inclusiveness, attempting to present the history of our
city and region in a way that is representative of all groups,
cultures and lifestyles within our community and, to the extent
possible, also represents conflicting perspectives on the impact and
significance of those historical events.
Collaborative partnership, working closely with other complementary
organizations and interest groups to create cooperative, synergistic
relationships and to maximize our mutual effectiveness.
Accessibility, making every effort to make all of our services
and programs available to everyone within our community, regardless
of status, disability or financial means.
- To be recognized as
the enduring voice of Fort Smith history -
To be recognized as
the enduring voice of Fort Smith history and as a strong advocate
for the preservation of that history through our
publications, our partnerships and our related services.
The Fort Smith
Historical Society will be:
Recognized as the most
authoritative source by persons and organizations seeking
information on the history of Fort Smith and the surrounding
At the forefront of
efforts to build and maintain a lasting appreciation of Fort
Smith's rich history.
Routinely involved in
helping to create powerful partnerships with like minded
Known for its
expertise in organizing and presenting history in a manner
which empowers people and transforms lives.
Involved in actively
engaging a variety of communities in the delivery of
relevant history programs and services.