One of the things I noticed with local history sites was that funding was a major hurdle. Several articles mentioned that money came through grants one year that were not renewed, and the developers were left with a half finished project. I viewed these projects as more in line with teaching others about the specific location or group and to spread that knowledge to others. This type of site is much more intensive on the creation aspect of the project, with gathering artifacts and conducting research, etc., where it takes a wealth of time and money to complete.
Others local history projects utilized the communities they were researching to help gather materials that went into the project, and I feel this aspect can help my own. My project focuses on a particular group, and since I plan to include a forum component, I can easily include a topic where visitors can suggest ways to improve the exhibit portion of the site.