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In This Issue
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
A Social Media First
Award for History Comes Alive
Can't Shut a Good Run Down
NPCA Features Heritage Areas
NHA Evaluations
Defending Wrights Legacy
120,000 People Join in Hudson River Ramble
Cycles & Cemeteries
Keeping Stories Lively
Occupation & Liberation
MSNHA Supports Food-to-Table
McClintock Trail Now Open
Education: Erie Canalway Ticket to Ride
Collaboration Creates On-line Path to Outdoors
New Director in Cache la Poudre River
New Staff at Arabia Mountain
Management Plan Update:


Approved in Fiscal Year 2013 
  • Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area
  • Baltimore National Heritage Area
  • Great Basin National Heritage Area
  • Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor
  • Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area
  • Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area
  • South Park National Heritage Area

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"Best Practices" Calls


All NHAs are invited to participate in "best practices" calls. Presenters share information about successful projects or programs they implemented in their NHA and answer questions. 


For more information contact Julie McPike: jmcpike@freedomsfrontier.org  or Heather Wickens hwickens@lflhc.org

2014 National Main Streets Conference in Detroit
May 17- 21, 2014
In MotorCities National Heritage Area 
National Park Foundation Grants Available

The National Park Foundation (NPF), in partnership with the NPS, enriches America's national parks and programs through private support, safeguarding our heritage and inspiring generations of park enthusiasts.


NPF is currently accepting applications for three grant opportunities -- A Ticket to Ride, Active Trails, and America's Best Ideas.

To apply visit:  http://www.nationalparks.org or contact Carolyn Hill, NPF director of grants and programs, at 202-354-6471 or Chill@nationalparks.org



January 17: The President signed into law H.R. 3547 (P.L. 113-76), an act making consolidated appropriations for the fiscal year ending 9/30/14. It provides appropriations for Federal agencies. It also contains several legislative provisions of interest to the NPS, including: 


Authority for funding through fiscal year 2015 for: 12 National Heritage Areas whose funding authority had lapsed;


Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network;


American Battlefield Protection Program land protection grants; 


National Heritage Area Program,

Washington Office: 

Martha Raymond

National Coordinator:



Katie Durcan

Assistant Coordinator: 

Heather Scotten
Assistant Coordinator: 


Regional Offices:
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:


John Quinley, Alaska Region John_quinley@nps.gov

Alliance of National Heritage Areas: 

Visit National Heritage Areas  on-line


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 NHC


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 Hills NHA   


Mormon Pioneer NHA


MotorCities NHA


Muscle Shoals NHA


National Aviation Heritage Area


National Coal Heritage Area  


Niagara Falls NHA


Northern Plains NHA


Northern Rio Grande NHA


Ohio & Erie NH Canalway


Oil Region NHA


Last Green Valley: Quinebaug & Shetucket Rivers Valley NHC


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


Tennessee Civil War NHA


Upper Housatonic Valley NHA


Wheeling NHA


Yuma Crossing NHA 

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Photo Contests in Erie Canalway, Essex, and Silos and Smokestacks NHAs 


Little Farmer by Bridget Hein, Monticello, IA, Facebook Most Liked: Life on the Farm
National Heritage Areas tell great stories as well as containing beautiful places. Several NHAs hold photo contests to share these stories and unique places.

Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area hosts the Capture the Heart of America Photo Contest, allowing photographers from across the nation to contribute to preserving their piece of America's agricultural story. The contest included 174 photographers from 24 states.
"Photos tell stories that are often hard to convey with words alone. Our photo contest offers a unique opportunity to capture and share a diversity of American agricultural stories," commented Don Short, SSNHA President. See the images: www.silosandsmokestacks.org  
Buffalo's Beacon, by Mark Bofinger Erie Canal's 1st Place Bridges, Building, and Locks category
Erie Canalway's
 photo contest shares distinctive places by publishing winning images on the 2014 Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor calendar. 


"More than just beautiful photographs of interesting places and unique architecture, the photo contest and calendar help us to show how our proud past is woven into the fabric of the present," said Beth Sciumeca, former Executive Director of the Erie Canalway NHC. "These outstanding images remind people what makes our canal heritage worth preserving and celebrating."  

Rockport Dock, by Ken Jordan 
Essex Heritage Grand Prize 
From rocky coasts and harbors, to rural farms and historic towns, Essex Heritage annual photo contest encourages photographers of all ages to "capture" the living landscapes, unique places and people of Essex. 
The winning images will be exhibited at the NPS Visitor Center in Salem and the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission offices. Winners can be viewed at www.essexheritage.org
A Social Media First  

Participants at the #QR1863 Live-Twitter event in Freedom Frontier, Lawrence, Kansas

What if Twitter was available 150 years ago? Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area and Lawrence, Kansas, Convention & Visitors Bureau posed that question for #QR1863, a Twitter minute-by-minute reenactment of Quantrill's Raid. 


On August 21, 2013, 36 re-enactors, and actors from Lawrence Arts Center gathered at 4:30 a.m. at the Carnegie Building with laptops and smart phones and tweeter as if the raid was happening. It was the 150th anniversary of the day William Quantrill and 400 murderous men left Lawrence burning and survivors mourning. 


That evening, Watkins Community Museum hosted scholars Jonathan Earle and Jeremy Neely, who discussed the raid. Audience reaction was similar to this tweet: "I'm finding #QR1863 haunting and moving. Didn't really expect to."


#QR1863 trended worldwide, reaching 1.3 million people. The Washington Post, The Kansas City Star, Lawrence Journal-World, Boing-Boing, and 6News in Lawrence covered it. Kansas City's FOX affiliate broadcast live from the Carnegie Building. Lawrence Public Library, Kansas Humanities Council, City of Lawrence, WOW!, and The Castle Tea Room co-sponsored and promoted #QR1863.


#QR1863 received awards from Kansas Museums Association, and the Travel Industry Association of Kansas. It is the subject of the November NHA Best Practices Call. Read all tweets at www.1863Lawrence.com.

History Comes Alive Receives Award 

History Comes Alive
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The Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area's (ALNHA) own city of Springfield was honored to receive the 2013 Governor's Hometown Award for History Comes Alive (HCA). The 12 week program features daily living history events offered free-of-charge to visitors at the key Lincoln sites in Springfield and throughout the downtown. 
The History Comes Alive program has resulted in: increased visitation and collaboration among the Lincoln sites and increased tourism revenue for the city of Springfield. 
The program was designed to drive visitors to Lincoln sites as well as into shops and restaurants as a business-driver within the historic downtown. The program is a collaborative effort of the HCA Coalition comprised of the NPS, Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition, Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau, Lincoln historic sites, IL Office of Tourism, IL Historic Preservation Agency, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, Illinois State Museum, Downtown Springfield, Inc. and local small business owners. The Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition plans to replicate the model throughout the area. 
You "Can't Shut a Good Run Down"

When 1,266 runners arrived to the starting lines on November 3, 2013 for the rescheduled 22nd Annual Towpath Marathon in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, they ran united under the banner: You "Can't Shut a Good Run Down." 

Runners complete the marathon following government shutdown

Following the government shut down, Tim Donovan, Ohio Canal Corridor Executive Director and Co-Executive Director of the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area, invited runners to vote on a theme for the race. "Can't Shut a Good Run Down" was the winner and the Ohio Canal Corridor added it to the runners' shirts.


Donovan was interviewed by media outlets and became the local face of the shutdown's impact. "Prior to the shutdown, we had runners signed up from 38 states, D.C. and Canada," Donovan stated. "While not all could continue with us on the new date, based on their notes, we appreciated that they were with us in spirit," he concluded.


The Towpath Marathon was started in 1992 to introduce the Towpath as a recreational amenity and to promote the creation of the Ohio & Erie Canalway. It is one of the few marathons to take place entirely within a National Park. "Runner's World magazine called our marathon 'one of the most beautiful race courses in America,'" noted Donovan. "We couldn't agree more."

NPCA Features National Heritage Areas  

National Parks Conservation Association is showing their support of National Heritage Areas with monthly articles. 
NPCA recently featured world-class music and history in Muscle Shoals: 


Nestled in the northwest corner of Alabama, the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area (MNSHA) consists of six counties that border the meandering Tennessee River. World-class fishing lakes and golf courses combined with a thriving music industry and history attract thousands of visitors to the region every year. Reading more.


NPCA is currently featuring Ohio & Erie Canal NHATo read NPCA's other articles about National Heritage Areas, visit parkadvocate.org 


The National Parks Conservation Association was established in 1919, just three years after the establishment of the National Park Service. 

Evaluations for Augusta Canal, Essex, and Silos and Smokestacks NHAs Delivered to Congress
Three evaluations of National Heritage Areas have been submitted to Congress by the National Park Service. The evaluations assessed the impacts, outcomes, and organizational sustainability of the coordinating entities for Essex, Augusta Canal, and Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Areas which were designated in 1996. 


Augusta Canal's evaluation reportsAugusta Canal National Heritage Area is at the epicenter of the city's renewal; its national heritage area status a "Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval." The 11-mile canal, once called the Savannah River's "brightest arm," was seriously deteriorated. 

Today, because of the work of the Augusta Canal Authority, the towpath is a hub of recreation, and the Enterprise Mill is transformed into apartments, offices, and a visitor center. The canal is again vital, the prime supply of drinking water, flood-control, and hydroelectric power. 


Read the findings of the evaluation and a summary snapshot. 


Silos and Smokestacks NHA "gravitates to fill the most needed niche in the preservation and economic landscape," according to the evaluation. The area meets its goals with a mix of grants, technical assistance, educational development, and awareness building, a key goal instilling a preservation ethic among kids. Over a hundred partner sites join hands in carrying out the mission. Kids are immersed in a host of experiences, thanks in part to bus grants that get them there. 


Read the evaluation and the summary snapshot.


Essex National Heritage Area, works closely with two national parks, Salem Maritime National Historic Site and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site to take the message to schools. Together they developed curricula, programs, and sponsored youth jobs. Their success is routed in partnership to glue together the regional identify. Essex is often able to tap resources that others cannot because of their connections to community leaders, stakeholders, and volunteers.


Ohio and North Carolina join together    
Ohio State Rep. Rick Perales speaking at the joint news conference
Ohio State Rep. Perales speaking at the news conference. Photo: Tim Gaffney 

State legislators from Ohio and North Carolina held a rare joint news conference to defend the legacy of the Wright brothers against a claim by the state of Connecticut. The conference was facilitated by the National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) and the First Flight Foundation of Kill Devil Hills, NC. 

Ohio State Rep. Perales and North Carolina State Sen. Cook, linked by a Skype connection, spoke from historically significant locations in their states to rebuke a law Connecticut passed in 2013 that claimed one of its residents, Gustave Whitehead, flew two years earlier than the Wright brothers.


"Ohio and North Carolina are known to have a longstanding rivalry over who gets to claim the Wright brothers, but the simple fact is we both do," Perales said. "Heritage organizations in Ohio and North Carolina have worked together for years to preserve our common heritage. Today, Ohio and North Carolina stand side by side for the Wright brothers."


 "I'm honored to be the North Carolina state senator for the area where powered flight was first accomplished," said Cook, who represents an area that includes Kill Devil Hills. "I'm also pleased to stand with Ohio State Representative Rick Perales on this issue."


Read more: http://aviationheritagearea.org/ or contact Tim Gaffney.

120,000 People Join in Hudson River Ramble 

160 organizations offered more than 190 events to connect people of all ages to cultural, historic, natural, and recreational sites. 

Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area (HRVNHA) sponsored the 14th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble in September. Attendance at this year's Ramble is estimated at 120,000 participants. In a 2012 Economic Impact Study sponsored by the NPS, the Ramble and the associated visitor spending were estimated to generate an economic impact of approximately $21 million annually for the region.


Ramble events are led by naturalists, ecologists, historians, geologists and volunteers from groups, including environmental, conservation, trails, heritage and historic preservation organizations. The volunteer hours from these organizations is 18,250 hours, with an estimated dollar value of $524,365.


Ramble events take place at HRVNHA sites and interpret themes such as the Revolutionary War and the Hudson River School painters, while other events highlight the natural resources of the Hudson River and its Estuary. Events ranged from hikes in the Catskill Mountains to guided strolls through historic downtowns.

Cycles & Cemeteries Ride in Schuykill River NHA
By Laura Catalano
Riders at Montgomery Cemetery


Nearly 140 riders participated in the Schuylkill River Heritage Area Cycles & Cemeteries Ride. While a bike ride that incorporates tours of historic cemeteries is unusual, the event proved both fun and interesting. Riders enjoyed beautiful fall weather, Civil War-related cemetery tours and 14- or 28-mile rides along the Schuylkill River Trail.


In keeping with the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, cyclists visited two cemeteries, beginning at Montgomery Cemetery in Norristown where guides provided details about Civil War nurses and Gettysburg Generals Zook and Hancock, all buried there. After pedaling to Philadelphia's historic Laurel Hill Cemetery, they saw a living history presentation about Gen. Meade.


The Cycles & Cemeteries Ride is the second ride in the Schuylkill River Trail Bike Tour Series. The series promotes connections from the trail to historic sites and attractions. The Rails and River Towns Ride featured walking tours of two historic villages and a presentation about the railroad that the trail replaced. www.schuylkillriver.org 

Keeping the Stories Alive and Lively

The Future of the Past 2013 - Engaging with History: Keeping the Stories Alive & Lively, Dec 2, 2013
Watch: The Future of the Past - Engaging with History

The University of Maryland's Future of Information Alliance hosted a seminar in December titled The Future of the Past: Engaging with History: Keeping the Stories Alive and Lively, in the Baltimore National Heritage Area.


The event hosted by the NPS at Fort McHenry National Monument included a discussion about the value of both place-based learning and virtual tools for engaging students and their teachers. The presenters included Daniel Russell, Google's "director of user happiness," Burt Kummerow from the Maryland Historical Society, Amy Rosenkrans from Baltimore City Public Schools, and Stephanie Toothman from the National Park Service.  

Occupation and Liberation in Tennessee 

Musicians performing at event 
For the last year, the Tennessee Civil War NHA partnered with the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Department of Tourist Development, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Friends of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, and the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau to develop and present "Occupation and Liberation," this year's signature event commemorating the Battles for Chattanooga. 
Over the course of four days, this free event included round-table discussions with Civil War historians, musical performances, living history for thousands of schoolchildren, and a powerful keynote address by University of Kentucky's Dr. Amy Murrell Taylor on the experiences of African Americans in Tennessee's contraband camps. 
After an opening ceremony highlighted by addresses by Heritage Area director and Sesquicentennial Commission co-chair Van West, and Tourism Commissioner Susan Whitaker, attendees viewed rare artifacts that survived the battle, courtesy of the Tennessee State Museum, and brought personal Civil War artifacts to be digitally recorded by the Tennessee State Library and Archives. 
MSNHA supports food-to-table enterprises

1818 Farms in Mooresville hosted a "Dinner on the Farm," with locally focused Albany Bistro restaurant in nearby Decatur, for a true seed-to-harvest-to-table experience.

In the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area farm-to-table is a way of life rather than a culinary trend. 


Several standouts are successfully combining sustainable agriculture with local appetites. In Elkmont, Belle Chevre opened a creamery, cheese shop and tasting room that includes tours and "Saturday Suppers," while in Florence, fashion house Alabama Chanin added a café highlighting local and seasonal ingredients to its headquarters.


A trio of brothers are producing creative and worth-lining-up-for flavors for their locally produced Shirey Ice Cream. Jack-O-Lantern Farm, a hydroponic operation, produces Certified Naturally Grown vegetables, raw honey and baked goods and sells products along with free-range chickens, eggs and items from local producers at its market. MSNHA supports agritourism and food tourism by encouraging and promoting all of these efforts.

McClintock Trail Now Open in Oil Region
by Marilyn Black
Bicyclist Debra Lutz and Train Engine on the brand new section of McClintock Trail.
Bicyclist and train along a McClintock Trail.  Photo by Kimberly Copley Harris

An inaugural ride along McClintock Trail was held in September in Oil Region National Heritage Area40 bicyclists ranging in age from 3 to 92 were followed by another 40 'inspectors' on board special passenger cars pulled by a Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad engine. This marked the first time in more than 30 years that non-employees were on a train rolling through Oil City, PA.  


The McClintock Trail is a multiple-purpose recreational trail along Oil Creek valley. This 4-mile trail is a segment of the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail which is planned from "The Point" in Pittsburgh to Presque Isle at Erie, PA on Lake Erie. The paved trail is separated by a fence from the active WNYPRR tracks. 


Funding for the McClintock Trail was made possible by a combination of NPS NHA grants, Pennsylvania DCNR support, the Dr. and Mrs. Arthur Phillips Charitable Trust, the Justus Charitable Trust, and other donors.  

Erie Canalway Ticket to Ride Program     


In 2012 and 2013, 2,600 students in 11 school districts within the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor experienced exceptional education programs at canal sites thanks to Erie Canalway's Ticket to Ride Program. The program connects schools with canal sites and provides funding for transportation and educational programming. Ticket to Ride fills gap in funding for hands on learning and field trips that has been cut from school budgets.


The Canalway secured funding from the National Park Foundation (NPF), the NYS Council on the Arts, and First Niagara Bank Foundation to bring kids to the canal. Key to the program's success is Erie Canalway's ability to bring diverse partners together to implement a broad, Corridor-wide program that achieves far greater results than any single organization could achieve alone. 

Collaboration Creates an Online Path to Outdoors   


How do you connect 44,000 acres of parkland and more than 125 miles of trails found in a County Park district, a National Park and a National Heritage Area, integrate levels of government, and then join the combined trail knowledge from these partners into a single, online platform all residents can use?


Three Code for America (CfA) Fellows worked with partners in Summit County Ohio on a Civic Tech project that put technology to work to find the solution. A web app, ToTheTrails.com was the answer.


"For the first time, trail users will have a single, online option to see how to move from trail-to-trail in Summit County," explained County of Summit Executive Russell M. Pry. "Prior to this point, the ability to map online connections between separately managed trail systems wasn't in place," he continued.


"Users can soon discover that their favorite Towpath section bumps up against the Buckeye Trail in one area, CVNP's Blue Hen Falls in another, or easily map a connection to Metro Park, Serving Summit County's Bike & Hike Trail," added Dan Rice, President & CEO of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition and Co-Executive Director of the National Heritage Area.


"This project is designed to guide all Summit County residents and visitors 'to the trails' - some of our area's greatest quality-of-life amenities," noted Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic. 


The project was made possible through a $250,000 Knight Foundation grant to Summit County. Additional funds, time and talent came from partners.

New Director Cache la Poudre River NHA 

The Poudre Heritage Alliance is pleased to introduce Kathleen Benedict as its new Executive Director. She previously served on the Poudre Heritage Alliance Board of Directors for ten years and brings a passion and expertise for heritage planning and implementation that will help propel the organization.


Poudre Heritage Alliance is also proud to announce new online mobile-friendly Poudre River Heritage Tours at www.poudrerivertour.com, or by scanning QR codes placed on existing Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area signs. The thirteen informative videos and nineteen audio segments explore the Poudre River history, wildlife, habitat, rafting, economy and recreation.  


The short format tours are great for quick overviews of the significant heritage elements of the Poudre River area and provide an up close experience, whether you are standing by the river accessing them on a smart phone, or indoors on a tablet or laptop. As a living, working river, the Poudre River has changed over the years, including this year, when an epic mid-September rainstorm caused historic flooding throughout the Heritage Area. 

New staff at Arabia Mountain NHA 

Sybil Cypress joined the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance as the new Operations Assistant. Sybil will manage two sites: the Lithonia Woman's Club and Vaughters' Farmhouse. She will also support programs such as "Monadnock Madness" and tourism development. 


She was born in Philadelphia, PA, and grew up in Fredericksburg, VA. She attended Virginia State University and graduated with a BS in Business Information Systems. Sybil served as an officer in the U.S. Army, as well as working for Turner Broadcasting, Inc. and the Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club.


She is the mother of her to two young men and believes that "as evolved humans, we must use logic along with a strong sense of a higher-good to steward our earth in harmony with natural order."

Articles written and submitted by National Heritage Area staff

Edited by Katie Durcan

National Heritage Area Program, National Park Service