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NPS Launches 'Civil War to Civil Rights' Commemoration
1st Annual National Heritage Area Partnership Meeting Held
Autumn Colors Saturate Erie Canalway NHC
Heritage Area Byway's among GOODYEAR and America's Byways 50 Most Comfortable Drives for Fall
National Aviation NHA re-enact world's first cargo flight
Augusta Canal Authority purchases Sibley Mill
Lackawanna Heritage Valley NHA Leads Effort to Restore Bridge
Baltimore NHA Celebrates Recent Honors and Designations
Alaska's Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm NHA Has Energetic Start
Rivers of Steel NHA integral to Great Allegheny Passage Trail Completion
Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area leads effort to save and revitalize historic parks
Augusta Canal Launches Smartphone DigiTrail
Alliance of National Heritage Areas Fall Meeting in Essex
Northeast Region Hosts Sustainability Workshop
Experience Atchafalaya Days
BOOK: Storied Independent Automakers: Nash, Hudson, and American Motors.
Cultural Heritage Tourism Survival Toolkit
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Legislative Update

September 29, 2010


Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area Act
Sponsor: Rep Garamendi Co-Sponsors:
Rep Matsui, Rep McNerney, Rep Miller, Rep Thompson

S.3927 : Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area Act
Sponsor: Sen. Feinstein

Co-Sponsor: Sen. Boxer  

Upcoming Meetings
2011 Agriculture Conference: Cultivating Success through Ag Tourism: Hosted by the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor and SC Dept of Agriculture. January 26, 2011


2011 National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom  Conference, June 15-18, Cincinnati, OH. For more details contact: Diane Miller, 402-661-1588 or diane_miller@nps.gov

2011 National Scenic Byways Conference is August 21-24, 2011, in Minneapolis, Minnesota featuring interactive learning formats focusing on Finances, Visitor Experience, Corridor Management and Byway Organization. For more details: www.bywaysresourcecenter.org 


Please plan to join us for the 2nd annual NHA Partnership Meeting at the 2011 National Preservation Conference in Buffalo, NY, October 18-20 in the Erie Canalway NHC and a stone's throw from Niagara Falls NHA. www.visitbuffaloniagara.com


National Heritage Area Program,

Martha Raymond
National Coordinator:

Katie Durcan
Assistant Coordinator: 

Heather Scotten
Assistant Coordinator: 

Danielle Feuillan

Peter Samuel, Northeast Region: Peter_samuel@nps.gov

K. Lynn Berry, Southern Region:

Sue Pridemore, Midwest Region:

Greg Kendrick, Intermountain Region:

Linda Stonier, Pacific West Region:
Gretchen Luxenberg, Pacific West Region gretchen_luxenberg@nps.gov

John Quinley, Alaska Region John_quinley@nps.gov

Alliance of National Heritage Areas 
Michelle McCollum, Chairman

National Heritage Areas  


Abraham Lincoln NHA

Arabia Mountain NHA

Atchafalaya NHA

Augusta Canal NHA

Baltimore NHA

Blue Ridge NHA

Cache La Poudre River Corridor

Cane River NHA

Champlain Valley NH Partnership

Crossroads of the American Revolution

Delaware and Lehigh NH Corridor

Erie Canalway NH Corridor

Essex NHA

Freedom's Frontier NHA

Freedom's Way NHA
Great Basin NHA
Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor
Hudson River Valley NHA

Illinois & Michigan Canal NH Corridor

J.H. Chafee Blackstone River

Valley NHC

Journey Through Hallowed Ground NHA

Kenai Mountains - Turnagain Arm NHA
Lackawanna Heritage Valley NHA

Mississippi Delta NHA
Mississippi Gulf NHA

Mississippi Hills NHA
Mormon Pioneer NHA

MotorCities NHA

Muscle Shoals NHA
National Aviation Heritage Area
National Coal Heritage Area Authority

Niagara NHA

Northern Plains NHA
Northern Rio Grande NHA

Ohio & Erie NHCanal Way

Oil Region NHA

Quinebaug & Shetucket Rivers Valley NHC - Last Green Valley

Rivers of Steel NHA

Sangre de Cristo NHA
Schuylkill River NHA

Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District

Silos & Smokestacks NHA

South Carolina NH Corridor

South Park NHA
Southwestern Pennsylvania Heritage (Path of Progress)

Tennessee Civil War NHA

Upper Housatonic Valley NHA

Wheeling NHA

Yuma Crossing NHA

Send articles and postings for the National Heritage Area Newsletter to: Heather Scotten
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NPS  Launches 'Civil War to Civil Rights' Commemoration

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NPS and NHA representatives from Journey Through Hallowed Ground NHA, Shenandoah Valley Battlefield NHA, and Manassas

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and to promote the many  stories National Heritage Areas have to share regarding life on the home front, battlefield, reconstruction, and the Civil Rights Movement, National Heritage Areas participated in a kickoff event in Washington, D.C.

The event was the official launch for the National Park Service's sesquicentennial commemoration. Historic attractions, sites, and cultural organizations throughout the Capital region joined together for this unique promotion, "Civil War to Civil Rights," in partnership local and national entities such as Destination DC, National Archives, Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, and Cultural Tourism DC.

"The American Civil War was the most momentous era in American history," said Robert Sutton, NPS Chief Historian. "In the short period between Abraham Lincoln's first election and inauguration, our nation was already splitting apart. With more than 75 Civil War-related battlefields and historic sites, our collective mission is to preserve and protect these resources, and to provide understanding of the events that occurred there, within the context of the causes and consequences of the war."


"The 'causes and consequences' context encourages us to join with our tourism partners in inviting Americans to personalize our history through experiential travel," said Dean Reeder, NPS tourism chief. "Beyond the battlefields are an expansive set of stories, civil rights and a home front heritage saga, connecting visitors to a lifelong appreciation and understanding of parks as national treasures."

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Terence Heder, Program Manager, Shenandoah Valley Battlefields NHA

 To support the "Civil War to Civil Rights" initiative, NPS created a website featuring a calendar of events, exhibitions, conferences, programs, and attractions. Soon it will feature a national interactive map  http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/


Tennessee Civil War NHA:

The Coming of the War    

Friday, November 12,  10am - 5pm -- Symposium hosted by the Sesquicentennial Commission and the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage. The symposium will offer opportunities for school children, history professionals, and life-long learners to get involved in the activities, performances, and panel discussions regarding Tennessee's participation in the Civil War. Gov. Phil Bredesen will open the event with various lectures and activities to follow throughout the 2 day period. For more information, contact patricia.gray@tn.gov OR visit http://www.tncivilwar150.com

First Annual National Heritage Area Partnership Meeting Held at the National Preservation Conference 
trust session 

The first annual NHA Partnership Meeting was held October 27 as an affinity session at the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Conference.  Sponsored by NPS, the meeting provided an opportunity for NHA partners to share knowledge and resources. 


Presentations by NHAs and NPS leaders addressed Alliance of NHA activities, regional challenges, and larger programmatic priority issues and accomplishments. The meeting featured workshop style break-out discussions, which centered on nurturing the NHA program in an era of fiscal austerity and increasing oversight. Break-out discussions covered topics such as planning for long-term sustainability, developing a research agenda for NHAs, addressing private property issues, and identifying long-term funding sources.


In attendance were NHAs, NPS and other state and local heritage organizations. NPS staff included the Associate Director for Cultural Resources, Stephanie Toothman, National Coordinator for Heritage Areas, Martha Raymond, Assistant Coordinator, Heather Scotten and NHA coordinators and staff from the Northeast, Pacific West, and Intermountain regions. NHA staff in attendance included Dr. Van West, Tennessee Civil War NHA, Andy Kitzmann, Erie Canalway NHC, and Jody Ladd Craig and Sally Hatcher, Freedom's Frontier NHA. 


The National Preservation Conference is the premier gathering for preservationists in the U.S.  The theme, Next American City, Next American Landscape, spotlighted preservation's role in defining the future of our nation's urban and rural communities. Featured speakers included former First Lady Laura Bush, New Yorker magazine architectural critic Paul Goldberger, and historian and immigration expert, Juan Hernandez.   


Join us for the 2nd annual NHA Partnership Meeting at the 2011 National Preservation Conference in Buffalo, NY, October 18-20 in the Erie Canalway NHC and a stone's throw from Niagara Falls NHA.  Watch Buffalo: This Place Matters www.visitbuffaloniagara.com.

Autumn Colors Saturate Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor   


In the town of Albion, NY, a tugboat lounges in placid waters, secured by its mooring ropes. Nearby, a sage-green bridge appears in soft focus across the same waters-those of the Erie Canal.


A peaceful stroll along the canal banks at Albion is just one of the many attractions that the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor offers. This water-based network of communities in upstate New York is a fine travel destination.


Ride on a canal boat, check out locks and bridges, and wander through towns like Seneca Falls, where an old knitting mill still stands. Go for a bike ride on the Erie Canalway Trail, where you can pedal through delicate morning mist and gaze at the rich greens (or-in autumn-yellows, oranges, and reds) of the trees that border the famous watercourse.

Tugboat Roundup Waterford Mike Bielkiewicz)
Festivals and events like Tugboat Roundup in Waterford draw millions of visitors to celebrate canal history each year. by: Mike Bielkiewicz

Visit http://www.nps.gov/getaways to plan your navigation of the waterway. For more information: http://www.eriecanalway.gov/

contact:  Jean Mackay, Erie Canalway NHC, 518-237-7000 x 222

Heritage Area Byway's Among GOODYEAR and America's Byway's® 50 Most Comfortable Touring Drives

A new national survey commissioned by The GoodyearTire & Rubber Company and America's Byways® revealed that Americans planned on taking at least one road trip this autumn. A combination of stable gas prices and abundant scenic routes should contribute to opportunities for weekend road trips or vacation getaways well into the future.

The survey, completed by Kelton Research, also found that most travelers want their journey to be something that is beautiful and unique, not just another trip on a superhighway. In fact, the overwhelming majority of people (80%) would opt for a scenic, touring drive rather than driving directly to their destination.

Homewood Museum at Johns Hopkins University along Baltimore's Historic Charles Street

"Our survey showed that 97 percent of Americans planning a fall road trip agree that their overall comfort is the key to enjoying it, so we joined together with America's Byways to unveil a list of the 50 Most Comfortable Touring Drives," said Gary Medalis, general manager for Goodyear consumer tires. "These top 50 touring drives encompass comfort and scenery to enhance the trip and are all within reasonable distance of major metropolitan areas."

"For not a lot of money, travelers can skip the superhighways and exit to the smaller roadways to experience some of the best roads America has to offer," said Derrick Crandall, spokesperson for America's Byways and president, American Recreation Coalition. "While there are hundreds of fantastic drives along America's Byways, we worked with Goodyear to create a list of some of the best, providing Americans with what they told us they are looking for-comfortable, nearby drives that provide scenic and unique landscapes."

NHA Byways featured include Blue Ridge Parkway, Journey Through Hallowed Ground, Baltimore's Historic Charles Street, and Motor Cities' Woodward Avenue Automotive Heritage Trail.  For a list of all 50 Byways visit: http://www.bywaysresourcecenter.org


Road Trip Survey Fact Sheet --

· 70% of Americans planned to take at least one road trip this fall

· 40% of those surveyed planned to take three trips or more

· 80% of Americans would opt for a scenic touring drive rather than driving straight on a superhighway

· 97% of Americans agreed that overall comfort is the key to enjoying any road trip

· Travelers were willing to give up some things in the name of comfort. Almost half would ditch their GPS system, while others would forgo an hour less of driving time (39%).

· 72% of travelers said they wanted to make at least one or more stop that wasn't necessary while on a road trip.

· More women than men (65% vs. 58%) said that a comfortable drive is a perfect time to unwind and take in the country's backdrop.

Fall Dayton Aviationa
Wright "B" Flyer pilots re-enact the world's first cargo flight over Columbus Ohio by: Tim Gaffney

Centennial of the World's First Air Cargo Celebrated in National Aviation Heritage Area


Did you know that the Wright brothers not only invented the airplane but also gave birth to the air cargo industry? On November 7, 1910 they successfully transported the world's first cargo by air. Those 200 pounds of silk cloth, traveling 68 miles from Huffman Prairie to Columbus was the beginning of an industry that spans the globe moving billions of pounds of air freight per year.


National Aviation Heritage Alliance, in partnership with Wright B Flyer, Inc. celebrated the 100th anniversary with a commemorative flight departing from Wright Patterson AFB and Huffman Prairie Flying Field and ending in Columbus, Ohio at Rickenbacker Airport on October 2.


Mitch Cary, President of Wright B Flyer Inc and pilot of the commemorative flight honored the young pilot who worked for the Wright brothers; "Phil Parmelee flew this historic flight with little experience and training having flown for the first time just two months prior to making the flight. He was responsible for a number of firsts and endurance flights in those early days of aviation. And unlike our planned flight, where we had two pilots to share flying duties, Phil flew his flight alone."


Max Morehouse, a Columbus merchant, recognized the business interest in "flying machines" and struck a deal with the Wrights to transport silk from Dayton, Ohio. The Wrights charged Morehouse $5,000, which is equivalent to roughly $120,000 today. Morehouse more than recovered his money by selling pieces of silk attached to a postcard that celebrated the world's first cargo delivered by airplane.


Amanda Wright Lane and her brother Stephen Wright, and Lecia Lamphere and her brother Philip McKeachie, representing their great grand uncles Orville and Wilbur Wright and Phil Parmelee, observed the flight. Ms. Wright Lane said, "The flight was just one part of Uncles Orv and Wilbur's effort to promote aviation. While they recognized their airplane might not be able to carry heavy loads, they knew the speed of flying was important in delivering certain types of cargo." Lecia Lamphere remarked, "Uncle Phil was told by Orville Wright as he tacked a map to the wing strut just prior to take-off, 'watch the map and do your best'. In spite of cold temperatures and flying alone, he did his best, and made history with what was not just the first air cargo flight but what was the first commercial flight in the world of aviation. It is very exciting to witness this 100th anniversary of such an historic flight."


Serving as a symbol of the Dayton region's connection to aviation and aerospace innovations, they carried ceramic fiber composite cloth and concept micro Unmanned Air Vehicles instead of silk.


To help the public track the flight, the National Aviation Heritage Alliance set up a Twitter account with "tweets" informing the public of the whereabouts of the Wright B as it made its way to Columbus.


Columbus Regional Airport Authority and Lane Aviation sponsored the event. For more details contact Tony Sculimbrenevisit or visit: http://www.aviationheritagearea.org/

Augusta Canal Authority Purchases Historic Sibley Mill

Fall Augusta Sibley Mill

The Augusta Canal Authority purchase of historic Sibley Mill including the landmark 19th Century textile mill, outbuildings, the hydroelectric plant and approximately 20 acres of land stretching from the banks of the Augusta Canal to the Savannah River.  The mill was site of the Confederate States of America Powderworks from 1862-1865. The Authority plans to stabilize and secure the buildings, perform required environmental remediation and then market the property nationally for private development.

Sibley Mill is the second historic mill purchased by the Augusta Canal Authority to promote preservation along the canal.  In 2001, the Authority purchased King Mill for approximately $250,000 after it was abruptly shuttered by its owners. The authority leases the building to Ohio-based Standard Textile. Standard continues to operate King to finish and package textiles for the health care industry.

Closing on the property in August was the final step in a process that began in mid-February when the Authority entered into a purchase contract with Avondale Mills Inc. The Authority worked with American Environmental & Construction Services, Inc., to conducted structural and environmental inspections during a 120 day due diligence period. The inspections revealed contaminants in some soil samples.

"This was not unexpected on a 130-year-old industrial site and Civil War era gunpowder factory," observed Dayton Sherrouse, Executive Director of the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area.

A Corrective Action Plan (CAP) was prepared and submitted to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division(EPD)in July. On Augusta 26 EPD notified the Authority the property qualified for inclusion in the Brownfields program under the Georgia's Hazardous Site Reuse and Redevelopment Act. Brownfield designation confers limited liability on the prospective purchaser provided the corrective action plan is implemented in a timely fashion. 

For more information contact Dayton Sherrouse Sherrouse@augustacanal.com

Lackawanna Heritage Valley National Heritage Area Leads Effort to Restore Lackawanna River Heritage Trail Bridge  

Fall Lackawanna

On September 24, the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority (LHVA) held the official rededication of the Heritage Valley Crossing Bridge that spans the Lackawanna River between Mellow Park in Peckville and Condella Park in Olyphant, Pennsylvania.


The bridge was installed originally in 1993 with a LHVA grant that provided seed money for a donation campaign spearheaded by the Lackawanna River Corridor Association. More than 275 businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals donated money for the bridge's construction. It became a vital pedestrian and cycling link on the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail connecting Peckville and Olyphant. Both the Trail and the Heritage Valley Crossing Bridge are used by thousands of runners for the Steamtown Marathon, a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon, each October. Many athletes consider the rail-trail their favorite portion of the race.


Over the past seventeen years, the bridge's decking deteriorated. LHVA and the Pocono Northeast Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council worked together in the spring and summer to organize the restoration. The Lackawanna County Conservation District, the Wayne County Conservation District, and the Lackawanna River Corridor Association joined forces to support the project. The RC&D Council solicited donations from the forestry industry in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and many companies responded generously, including Deer Park Lumber, Inc., Forest Regeneration Services, Inc., Northern Tier Hardwoods Association, Wayne-Lackawanna Forest Landowners Association, R-Ranch, and Brojack Lumber Company.


In September, LHVA staff and volunteers demolished the old bridge decking with assistance from the Borough of Blakely and the Borough of Olyphant. Fabcor, Inc., a local company who recently constructed the Downtown Scranton Riverwalk, donated the installation of the new bridge deck. After two days of work, the bridge was open again for walkers, runners, and bicyclists who use the trail daily for recreation, fitness activities, and socializing.


"The Heritage Trail is about linking communities," said Natalie Gelb Solfanelli, LHVA Executive Director, "and nothing symbolizes that more than this bridge." Solfanelli praised the many volunteer groups and companies that made the renovation possible. "This project would not have been possible without their support and generosity."


Less than three weeks later, more than 2,500 runners pounded across the renovated bridge during the Steamtown Marathon. After the excitement of the race, families with strollers, seniors, dog-walkers, and joggers were back on the bridge to travel the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail between Mellow and Condella Parks.

Baltimore National Heritage Area Celebrates Recent Honors and Designations


Prevention Magazine named Baltimore one of the top most walkable cities in America (ranking #15) in recognition of the Baltimore National Heritage Area's Heritage Walk, a 3 mile walking tour that connects more than 20 cultural heritage sites throughout the city. 

 fall Baltimore byway

On October 25th, the heritage area was joined by officials from Baltimore County, the Mayor's Office, the City Council President's Office, City Department of Transportation, State Highway Administration/State Department of Transportation, Charles Street Development Corporation, representatives from the Federal Highway Administration/America's Byways™ Program, and other partners to celebrate the designation of Baltimore's Historic Charles Street as a National Scenic Byway.  The celebration comes on the heels of Goodyear naming the Charles Street National Scenic Byway as one of America's top 50 most comfortable autumn drives.

Fall Alaska
Dog teams were an important means of transportation in Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area
Alaska's Kenai Mountains- Turnagain Arm NHA Has Energetic Start


In the short time since designation, communities in Alaska's Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm have been busy on projects that bolster the profile of this new National Heritage Area. Since designation in March 2009, communities, nonprofits, government agencies, and citizens have rolled up their sleeves to work on a variety of worthy endeavors.


KMTA NHA partnered and assisted with:


· Developing "The Alaska App," downloadable audio tour guide

· Digitizing and cataloging historic photos   · Construction of an Iditarod Trail monument  · Restoration of an historic ski trail, part of the Iditarod Trail system

· Restoration of museum artifacts

· Planning for a new museum project

· Restoration of an historic waterwheel


The KMTA NHA has also developed an award-winning website.  KMTACorridor.org/ was recognized as a 2010 Top National Heritage Website by online reference resource Juggle.com for its "historical information access and engaging area preservation initiatives."


A high priority for the KMTA NHA is to complete its Management Plan for approval of the Secretary of the Interior. Public meetings have been held and public input continues as this document is being developed.


Meanwhile, the KMTA NHA looks forward to its continued partnerships in promoting and preserving the heritage of this unique and treasured place in Alaska.

Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area Integral to Great Allegheny Passage Trail Completion.

The completion date for the Great Allegheny Passage - a trail grid connecting Pittsburgh to Washington DC has been set for the fall of 2011 and Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area was an integral part of its completion.

The trail's creation began in 1986 when a 9-mile path near Ohiopyle in southwestern Pennsylvania opened. Now it encompasses 150 miles of trail networks from downtown Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Maryland, where it connects to the C&O Canal Towpath. The 185-mile towpath connects to D.C. making for 335 miles of continuous trails.

bike carrie"Rivers of Steel helped to oversee the creation of the Steel Valley Trail, a 9-mile segment between the city of Pittsburgh and the Youghiogheny trail right outside of McKeesport which are all now part of the Great Allegheny Passage," said Ron Baraff, Director of Museum Collections & Archives with Rivers of Steel.

"Securing the easements and rights-of-way for the eventual development of the Steel Valley Trail were critical in making the necessary linkages in the overall GAP trail," said August R. Carlino, President and CEO of Steel Industry Heritage Corporation, which manages Rivers of Steel. SIHC also provided staffing and technical assistance to the Steel Valley Trail Council in their early years, and helped them get established and spin-off to an independent, yet integral partner in the overall development of both the trail and the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area.

Baraff, who also sits on the Steel Valley Trail Council, explained that the council started as a committee of Rivers of Steel. As the committee grew into a council, both the Steel Valley Trail Council and Rivers of Steel worked together to get easements with different companies and organizations for the SVT. "It's a case of forging really important partnerships especially since it is increasingly obvious to everyone that it's vital to the future of the region," he said.

According to a 2008 study on the economic impact of the Great Allegheny Passage in southwestern Pennsylvania, almost 41% of trail visitors planned an overnight stay and those overnight visitors spend almost $100 a day in trail communities. Spending included restaurants, beverages and lodging. 

The study also showed that businesses located on or near the trail attributed a quarter of their business to trail visitors and two-thirds of businesses near the trail saw an increase in revenue. More than 30 percent planned to expand their businesses to handle the additional trail-related economic impact. (www.gaptrail.org/au/impact.cfm)

The study showed that the Great Allegheny Passage brought in more than $40 million in revenue in 2008, not including an almost additional $8 million in wages for businesses near the trail.

"To have all these things fully in place is a huge boon for this region, and not just that, but it's (on the level of) a first day attraction," said Baraff. "Trail riders from all over the world will start descending on this area and the city.

Baraff added that The Pump House, an historic property owned by Rivers of Steel is also on a trailhead of the Great Allegheny Passage. "The ability to capture the needs and interests of these people gives us the opportunity to interpret the region."

Another effect of the Great Allegheny Passage is the impetus to complete an Erie to Pittsburgh trail. According to the Erie To Pittsburgh Trail Alliance (www.eriepittsburghtrail.org), they plan to connect Erie's bay front to downtown Pittsburgh. Their trail network is about 60% complete. Once finished, the Great Allegheny Passage would encompass 500 miles of continuous trails.

Other future plans for the Great Allegheny Passage include its connection to the 52-mile Montour Trail, which will connect from Clairton - southeast of Pittsburgh, to the Pittsburgh International Airport, just northwest of the city.

"All of this happened by connecting the dots throughout the region," said Baraff. "It's fantastic."


For more information, visit www.riversofsteel.com. Submitted by Sherris Moreira, Director of Marketing and Tourism Development for Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area.

Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area leads effort to save and revitalize two state historic parks.


Due to state budget cuts, in the past year the Arizona State Parks Board announced plans to close the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park and the Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park.  Both of these parks are critical components of the Yuma Crossing National Historic Landmark and are foundations of Yuma's riverfront redevelopment efforts. 

The Territorial Prison's Sally Port is an historic adobe structure which needs restoration.

Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area Corporation agreed to operate the parks with the City of Yuma's and community support.  The State leased the facilities to the City of Yuma, which then entered into an operating agreement with the Heritage Area.  The community raised over $70,000 in 60 days to "save the prison", and the City provided financial support from the local hospitality tax to help keep the Quartermaster Depot open.


Since March 2010, the Heritage Area has been dealing with significant deferred maintenance issues while also upgrading the museum exhibits at both parks.  The National Park Service has also provided invaluable technical assistance to address threats to historic adobe structures.


The Yuma Visitors Bureau has become an important partner in these projects. It moved its Arizona Welcome Center into the main entrance building of the Quartermaster Depot and handles visitor contact for that park.  It is working with the Heritage Area to create an old fashioned Christmas Village at the Quartermaster Depot with the hopes of creating a major new attraction for the area. Finally, it has committed $50,000 in advertising dollars from its budget to promote the two parks.
Yuma hotel
In 2009, a new $30 million hotel/conference center opened on Yuma's riverfront. The Quartermaster Depot, just to the right of the hotel, was saved from closure through the community's efforts.

The Heritage Area's goal is to increase admissions and retail revenues at both parks in order to reduce and ultimately eliminate the operating deficits of the parks, making them more self-sustaining. 

 Augusta Canal Smartphone DigiTrail

Augusta's 19th Century historic canal is using 21st Century smartphone technology to tell its stories. The Augusta Canal DigiTrail uses QR code tags (square black and white boxes similar to UPC bar codes) to link smartphone (iPhone, Android and other 3G mobile phones) to specially created mobile web pages by simply scanning the QR tag with their phone's camera.

Fall Augusta signSmall 3x7 signs are located at about half mile intervals along the canal's towpath at well-known and lesser known locations such as the Petersburg boat docks, the Butt Memorial Bridge, or the Tin House gates. Others will bring up information on some of the canal's abundant wildlife, such as slider turtles and heron. Users will be able to pull up written information, photos, maps and additional web links as they walk along. Soon, video clips will be linked to the sites as well.

Some mobile devices have a QR scanning application  prelinstalled, or a free app such as QRVark or QuickMark can be easily downloaded, explained Canal Marketing Director Rebecca Rogers.

The project was the brainchild of Augusta Canal Authority member Peter Hughes, who volunteered his time to research and build each of the DigiTrail mobile webpages.

Marker locations/topics include: Headgates, Towpath, water flow, slider turtles, great blue herons, Native Americans, floods, the Rapids of the Savannah River, cliff swallows, Long Gate Spillway, Tin House Gate, the Augusta & Knoxville Railroad, mill houses, Butt Memorial Bridge, Petersburg Boats and the 13th Street First Level gates.

"One of the cool things about these markers is that the content can be dynamic-we can change and add to it at any time without having to replace a whole big, expensive interpretive sign," Rogers said. "I can see us using these  only on the trail, but in our Interpretive Center to add digital layers of information to what we now present."

Augusta Canal NHA Fall Series closes with Foiliage StrollNovember 13 & 14: "Fall Foliage Stroll" Trees & Wetland Vegetation

Fall color often peaks along the canal in early to mid-November. Join botanist Dr. Judy Gordon of Augusta State University for a look at the native trees and wetlands plants as they don their autumn attire, November 13 at 10 a.m. and November 14 at 3 p.m.

All walks begin at the Waterworks parking lot at the end of Goodrich Street.  Cost is $2 per adult or $1 per child with an $8 maximum per family group.  There is no charge for members of the Augusta Canal Keepers Society. For more information call the Canal's education coordinator at 706-823-0440 extension 2.

Other events in the fall series included a bird watch trek along the banks of Augusta Canal and a tour of Augusta's 1899-era water pumping station and related water supply structures to see how the Canal feeds the city's water system from Civil Engineer and Canal Authority member Tom Robertson.

Alliance of National Heritage Areas Holds Fall Meeting in Essex National Heritage Area Essex ANHA meeting


Essex National Heritage Area shared the region's magnificent resources and spectacular New England autumn weather with members of the Alliance of National Heritage Areas, who met in Salem, MA in October for a fall quarterly meeting.


Delegates from NHAs joined with tourists from around the country and the world to experience a sampling of what draws visitors to the region in October...Haunted Happenings and Halloween. In addition to commercial attractions, members were treated to many of the authentic historic and quintessential heritage sites unique to Essex.


Events began with an evening reception on board the Friendship of Salem, a 3-masted tall-ship at the NPS Salem Maritime Historic Site. The next day, after a presentation at the NPS Regional Visitor Center in the converted Salem Armory, delegates wound their way north to the charming, historic seaport of Newburyport, birthplace of the US Coast Guard.


Next, they ventured to the remarkable Spenser-Pierce-Little Farm in Newbury for an interpretative tour conducted by Historic New England's expert, Bethany Groff, who manages the property along with two other first period dwellings in the vicinity. She explained the transformation of the property from sleepy town attraction to a renowned architectural and archeological study site which has adopted farm animals from a nearby SPCA to better connect children to the site's historical context.


They visited regional attractions along the planned Essex Heritage Scenic Byway, a series of scenic roads that hug the coast from Newburyport to Lynn, including the Essex Shipbuilding Museum, the H. A. Burnham Boat Yard, and Woodman's of Essex, home of the fried clam. The tour continued to the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center, and the Cape Pond Ice Company, a heritage business that has supplied ice to fishing fleets for generations. They returned to Salem to enjoy the Yin Yu Tang house at the world famous Peabody-Essex Museum. Following meetings, the Alliance completed their stay in Salem with a visit to the Salem Witch Museum and a walking tour of Salem led by historian and author, Jim McAllister.


"We were pleased to share the bounty of our Heritage Area resources with Alliance members and we look forward to their return visits to enjoy more of what Essex Heritage offers to the cultural tourist." said Mary Williamson of Essex NHA.


For more information visit: http://www.essexheritage.org

Northeast Region National Heritage Area Program

Hosts Sustainability Workshop in Essex NHA


The National Park Service held a workshop for the National Heritage Areas in the Northeast Region on October 12 to discuss strategies for adapting to the new requirements by Congress to develop sustainability and self-sufficiency studies.


The workshop was attended by most of the Directors of the National Heritage Areas in the NER and also included participants from the Southeast Region and NPS staff from Washington.


The day was divided up into presentations on evaluation processes followed by facilitated discussions on how to move ahead with considering ways for completing the new sustainability and self-sufficiency reports.


NPS National Heritage Area Coordinator, Martha Raymond, led a work session and was joined by Assistant Director for Cultural Resources, Stephanie Toothman, to discuss these critical NHA issues. For more information contact: peter_samuel@nps.gov

Experience Atchafalaya Days

Experience Atchafalaya Days kicked off October 1, 2010 in Atchafalaya National Heritage Area with the help of several state agencies and non-profit groups. The "Days" are a month-long series of events and activities intended to increase awareness about the environment, resources, culture and recreational opportunities in the Atchafalaya NHA, and inform citizens about the activities of Louisiana state agencies in and around the Atchafalaya Basin.

A variety of adventures, classes, presentations and recreational activities are offered by individuals and organizations for interested residents and visitors. Many residents have expressed surprise that there is so much to do in and learn about "in their own backyard" - or swamp, whichever the case may be.


Press ConferenceAmong outdoor activities offered were: swamp and bayou kayak expeditions, moonlight canoe trips, eagle and other birding trips, archaeology outings, hiking trips, litter pick-ups, old "putt-putt" boat rides, and evening wildlife watching. 

For audiences not so inclined to explore the outdoors there were book signings, cemetery tours, traditional craft demonstrations, art and photography exhibits and classes, presentations and lectures covering intriguing topics such as native plant use, creating a backyard wildlife habitat , the coast and the Wetlands, art of kayak fishing, living in a swamp, and more.

In addition, existing cultural and agricultural events occurring in October that reflect Heritage Area themes enjoy additional promotion through Experience Atchafalaya Days: Creole, Cajun, French Food, Sugar Cane, Gumbo and other Festivals.Press Conference

Created by Governor Foster in 2002, before Atchafalaya National Heritage Area gained national designation, individuals and groups throughout the region organized and presented events that reflected the culture and natural resources of Atchafalaya.  Spearheaded by volunteer groups, the Atchafalaya Trace Commission continued the "Days" for several years, but it was eventually discontinued.

In 2009, Friends of Atchafalaya (FOA), a non-profit dedicated to promoting conservation and awareness of the Atchafalaya Basin Floodway, the swamp located in the confines of levees in Atchafalaya NHA, revived the "Days" and volunteered organizational support. With a grant from the Louisiana Office of Tourism, FOA promoted events specifically created for Atchafalaya Month. FOA promoted over 50 events which were planned to support the goals and missions of both Atchfalaya NHA and Friends of Atchafalaya.

The variety of events allows many audiences to be reached and enables the NHA to spotlight resources in the area, thereby giving a more accurate snapshot of what the heritage area is all about.   The distribution of the events throughout the month allows for word-of-mouth marketing among the niche markets.  It has provided the opportunity for Atchafalaya NHA to form a solid partnership with Friends of Atchafalaya, and build capacity for both organizations. 

For more information visit www.atchafalaya.org and www.eadays.info.
Books: Storied Independent Automakers: Nash, Hudson, and American Motors 

MotorCities National Heritage Area fall bookcongratulates historian and long time supporter Dr. Charles K. Hyde on his book "Storied Independent Automakers: Nash, Hudson, and American Motors" which was awarded the prestigious Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot Award ("Outstanding Book of 2009 in Automotive History in the English Language") by the Society of Automotive Historians (SAH).


In this book, Hyde explores the history of the Nash and Hudson car companies which eventually merged in 1954 to form the American Motors Company.  It features 100 black and white images and all of the photographs of automobiles show brand-new cars shortly after they were manufactured as well as brochures, period literature, factory photos, and road test information appear in this volume.


Dr. Hyde is an professor of Economic History; History Of Technology, Industrial Archeology and Automotive History at Wayne State University in Detroit. During the thirty years he has been at Wayne State, he has documented the history of more than one hundred buildings, lighthouses, bridges, and the like throughout Michigan.

Cultural Heritage Tourism Survival Toolkit

By Scott Wands

All news related to the economic downturn is not bad news. It just seems that way at times. And the National Trust for Historic Preservation has decided that it is high time to focus on the good news -- the attractions and marketing organizations standing up to the challenge and finding ways to survive -- if not thrive -- despite the economy.

To share these lessons and respond to the challenge, the National Trust's Heritage Tourism Program received an award from the National Endowment for the Arts to create a new online Cultural Heritage Tourism Survival Toolkit with three key components:

  • 11 survival strategies culled from in-depth interviews with people and organizations nationwide;
  • Case studies that illustrate strategies in action;
  • Links to other toolkits for moving forward in a bad economy.

The 11 key survival strategies to keep you going in uncertain times begin with an important mantra for all organizations to follow: Don't Panic, and Don't Forget the Basics.

Each of the 11 tips that follow, ranging from Be Ready to Make Your Case, Know Your Customer and Your Product, and Serve the Local Community include links to case studies of organizations doing good work in that particular area.

Visitors to the site can also access the case studies via a complete listing or by searching geographically. (Unfortunately, the Northeast's case studies do not include any Connecticut examples.)

"We've found that real-life stories are meaningful role models" says Amy Webb, director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Heritage Tourism Program. "Cultural heritage tourism attractions want to hear from others in the trenches facing similar challenges. These survival stories showcase how many communities are succeeding in the face of an economic downturn."

Kudos to The National Trust for not only sharing tips and strategies for surviving the economic downturn, but also for highlighting the organizations across the country who continue to do good work and inspire us all!