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#HeritageArea30: Making an Impact 


Thirty years ago, National Heritage Area designation was conceived by community and National Park Service leaders looking for a new approach to conserve and develop the historic Illinois and Michigan Canal. This launched a national movement to unite preservation, conservation, recreation, education and economic development through national heritage areas.


Today visitors can hike and bike on the I & M Canal Towpath Trail and ride on replica boats. Looking back to the 1960 - 80's, this was unimaginable as the canal was all but forgotten. Leaders sought to unite the 96-mile region from Chicago to LaSalle-Peru, not as a National Park, but as a National Heritage Area, including historic, cultural and natural sites, with homes, businesses, and industry. Signed into law by native son, President Reagan on August 24, 1984, I & M Canal National Heritage Corridor's designation sparked a movement.  


"I have witnessed the growth and maturity of the heritage areas movement, and of individual heritage areas, and am convinced of their effectiveness," wrote NPS Director Jon Jarvis in the NHA Policy Memo"National Heritage Areas are places where small investments pay huge dividends, providing demonstrable benefits in communities across the country and in partnership with our national parks."   

NHAs are celebrating the I & M Canal National Heritage Corridor and 30 years of partnership and accomplishments throughout the country the week of August 24 - 30, 2014. Join the national celebration on the NPS Heritage & Historic Preservation Facebook and Twitter. Add to the discussion by sharing your stories or images using #HeritageArea30.

As of today, Congress designated 49 NHAs that work as public/ private partnerships with NPS. Interest in the heritage area approach is a testament to the benefits. NHA partners are reviving historic towns, preserving battlefields and industrial sites, providing new and improved recreation opportunities, telling our nation's history in innovative ways, engaging youth, and conserving waterways and wetlands. 


In 2013, NHAs leveraged approximately $48 million to the $16 million from NPS. Collectively, NHAs awarded over 600 grants for $4 million and engaged over 60,000 volunteers. For data, information, and an interactive map:

Patience, Persistence, and Passion Builds Scranton Flats   
On July 7, o
ver 200 partners gathered along the Cuyahoga River to celebrate completion of the Scranton Flats/Towpath Trail, a $9-million public improvement project and the first publicly funded section of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Cleveland. 

"Scranton Flats is a welcome addition to the Ohio & Erie Canalway," said
Canalway Partners Executive Director Tim Donovan. "We're proud that this partnership project received the largest combined Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding, $3 million, for a single project as well as the largest Clean Ohio Conservation Fund award, $3.175 million, in the state's history."
Ribbon Cutting: Hon. Russo, Tim Donovan, Councilman Cimperman, Sen. Sherrod Brown, Jenita McGowan, Rep. Marcy Kaptur, Metroparks Brian Zimmerman, Councilman Jones, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald 

Scranton Flats Project Achievements: 

  • Restores 3,000 feet of natural shoreline
  • Creates a fish habitat, a national model for urban shipping lanes
  • Remediates/ restores 9 acres of upland into meadow
  • Establishes a new tourism spot via river pier 
  • Fuels momentum for the Towpath's completion and development of Canal Basin Park, a NHA destination 


Travel Around the Ohio & Erie Canalway in 31 Days! 

Project Highlights in Sangre de Cristo NHA

The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area, in south-central Colorado, funded $249,481 in preservation and restoration grants from 2011 to 2014 with external funding/matching totaling $3,080,274. Highlights include: 


CASA Project (Cultural Awareness and Student Achievement) at Adams State University is utilizing a sheep herders's wagon as the a center piece for programs that honor traditional folkways. The 1950's wagon was used by a local family for decades as sheep grazed the San Luis Valley. Students will learn about humane sheep-handling at a ranch that uses equipment developed by Temple Grandin.


Four of the murals that depict the history of the Town of San Luis are undergoing restoration. The murals are in Conejos County which is rich in murals providing an artistic and historical legacy. Once complete, the community will have an unveiling fiesta to celebrate their land and the preservation of culture through visual arts, music and dance.

  Sangre de Cristo NHA is a crossroads of cultures including Native American, Spanish, Mexican, Dutch, German, Japanese, Amish, and Mormon. Visit for more information.

Engaging and Inspiring Young Stewards
Student musicians at History Field Day in Patterson Park

In May, Baltimore National Heritage Area welcomed students for the first History Field Day in Patterson Park. On a picture-perfect day, 8th grade students had the chance to teach and inspire 5th grade students about the War of 1812. History Day was the result of a year-long project where the 8th grade students were tasked with focusing on a specific area of 1812 history such as: a day-in-the-life of a child, traditional music, archaeology of historic sites and what they tell us, traditional clothing, etc. They also had the joy of unveiling two new Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail wayside signs that they helped develop the prior school year. 

Through the Baltimore NHA, the students received funding from Star-Spangled 200, Inc. including $24,000 for buses to visit War of 1812 sites. 8th grade students received computers and materials to help them design and consolidate their research. Star-Spangled 200, Inc. is the not-for-profit entity that supports the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. 

Students also participated in Baltimore NHA's Bicentennial Passport program. Students earned 10 stamps on History Day. With stamps from visiting Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Star Spangled Banner Flag House, Maryland Historical Society, and the Inner Harbor Visitor Center they can receive a free commemorative coin. Over 110,000 passports have been distributed.
Road Trippin' on the Blue Ridge Music Trail 


This summer, viewers of WLOS, the ABC affiliate for Western North Carolina, got a taste of the music of the NC mountains and foothills by cruising to 14 towns and attractions featuring traditional music in the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area (BRNHA)The program, "Road Trippin', took to the highways and byways from Hayesville to Yadkinville and points in between, talking to musicians, museum directors, and festival operators. 


Blue Ridge Music Trails - McDowell County
McDowell County, on the Blue Ridge Music Trail, More episodes:

The Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina, a project of the BRNHA in partnership with the North Carolina Arts Council, preserves, promotes and celebrates the mountain music of the region. The BRNHA launched a marketing program with social media, workshops, newsletters, a new website and guidebook.   

Traditional music is one of five themes outlined in the Congressional designation as a focus for the work of the BRNHA. A preliminary economic impact study revealed that this music already has a serious economic value to the region, an impact that is expected to grow exponentially through the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina program.
NYS Barge Canal Historic District Advances 
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Spread the great news! On June 12, the New York State Board for Historic Preservation unanimously recommended the addition of the New York State Barge Canal System to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The nomination now advances to NPS for final review and listing by the Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places. 


The Barge Canal Historic District includes the four branches of New York State's 20th century canal system; Erie, Champlain, Oswego, and Cayuga-Seneca canals - all enlarged versions of waterways that were initially constructed during the 1820's. The district spans 450 miles, 18 counties and 23,000 acres.


Extensive research and documentation for the nomination, including an inventory of more than 200 canal structures, was prepared by the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, NPS Heritage Documentation Program, and NYS Canal Corporation, in partnership with the State Historic Preservation Office.


"The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor was recognized as an iconic national treasure by Congress in 2000. Since then, the National Park Service has worked very closely with the State of New York and local communities to plan and implement preservation and revitalization opportunities. This historic district listing will further enhance the Erie Canalway's stature as one of our nation's greatest and most recognizable heritage assets." said Mike Caldwell, Regional Director of the NPS, Northeast Region.

TV Series Discovers International Connections
"Discovery Road" features a classic car and hosts traveling along U.S. Highway 89 in MPNHA and in other venues where connections are found.


The journey continues as the Discovery Road TV series unravels worldwide connections to the Mormon Pioneer NHA (MPNHA). Road trips are filled with interesting towns, history, music, storytellers and surprises.


"We've found heritage stories right here in our own backyard. We've highlighted family connections to the Mormon Trail and now we are reaching across the ocean to hear about where this journey all started. This is entertaining and important history," said Monte Bona, Executive Director of the MPNHA.

"The Mormon Trail gave us an important perspective about the challenge and sacrifice families made to reach Zion. We are also finding the back story in Great Britain and other places equally insightful about the human experience," said series writer James Nelson. "We are excited to show how Wales, Utah came into being. It started with Welsh families in Great Britain. Some immigrated and settled out here. Now it's time say hello to those relatives who stayed behind," said Nelson


Future shows examine Native American influence in the area.

Map Our History in Muscle Shoals 
Map designed and hand-illustrated by a local artist Jason Behel. 

By Cathy Wood 


To engage families with history and culture in the area as well as promote the Passport to Your National Parksİ program, the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area created the Map Our Historyİ project this summer. The map features the 13 passport locations and is available at After visiting the sites and collecting all 13 passport stamps, children receive a commemorative MSNHA coin and a map as unique and lasting souvenirs to mark their accomplishment.  


Map Our Historyİ is sponsored by MSNHA supporters: Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association and the Marriott Shoals.


In other news, the MSNHA staff moved from the University of North Alabama campus to the adjacent Edward O'Neal Home. This historic house was built in the 1840's and named for Confederate brigadier general and Alabama governor who later lived there. The move gives MSNHA a visitor-friendly location and a place to host meetings and workshops as well as an accessible presence in historic Florence.

Extreme Journey Summer Camp Allows Students to Experience Heritage Area


Camper attempts to find the spot where Alexander Gardner took his famous photo at Antietam National Battlefield

Now in its ninth year, the Extreme Journey summer day camp takes students on hiking, biking, and canoeing trips through National Parks, historic sites and scenic rivers between Gettysburg and Monticello in the Journey Through Hallowed Ground. 

Four camps are offered throughout the 180 mile corridor. 


As agents in the "Journey Intelligence Agency, students spend time with NPS Rangers, historians, archaeologists, naturalists and educators to unlock the stories and lessons of leadership that are demonstrated in the region.They visit many of the nation's most historical heritage sites, assuming the identities of those who lived there, and are faced with the same set of circumstances as they "walk in their boots" to better understand the choices and decisions of those who forged this nation.


Students record their trials, triumphs and lessons of leadership learned from the pre-Revolutionary period - the Civil War, using digital cameras to create video documentaries of "What Leadership Means to Me." Videos are shared on the JTHG website, Facebook, and YouTube, creating a "viral" effect of the their new knowledge and appreciation of the nation's heritage. 

MS Gulf Coast Possum Walk 

Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area, celebrated the completion of the Possum Walk Trail as part of the By-Way to Space Trail outside the Stennis Space Center buffer zone. Markers along the way give the history of Possum Walk, an African American community and Logtown, named for logs harvested here and because the early houses were made of logs. 

The Possum Walk Trail starts at Infinity Science Center along the Logtown Scenic By-Way in Hancock County. This 3.1 mile trail crosses through pristine marsh and wetland areas, is great for birding and wildlife viewing, biking, pedestrian walks and have interpretive exhibits throughout, including information about the history of the area. The trail is also known as the Discovery Trail and includes markers that teach the history of the area, as well as the plants native to Hancock County.

Stories from the Kenai Mountains 

In August, the Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area is launching the publication of The Spaces Between: Stories from the Kenai Mountains to the Kenai Fjords by Doug Capra. This collection of stories captures the people and times during the early settlement of the NHA. KMTA will also be re-publishing an classic,  History of Mining on the Kenai Peninsula by Mary Barry. They will be available on the KMTA website.

As school gears up, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has embraced the KMTAcurriculum in helping to meet new Alaska studies standards. Teacher in-service training will feature KMTA secondary curriculum and the video elementary curriculum "That Was Then: This Is Now."


Several projects are being completed including installation of a long-missing "L.V.Ray Memorial" sign at the Johnson Pass trail head in the Chugach National Forest. With the help and planning of a KMTA NHA grant, the City of Whittier developed a tour of historic military buildings and sites around town.

Essex Heritage / Salem Maritime Education Partnership Continues to Produce Results

Beth Beringer and Maryann Zujewski at JTHG conference.
Essex NHA Education Coordinator Beth Beringer and Salem Maritime National Historic Site Education Specialist Maryann Zujewski were invited to showcase their Park for Every Classroom program recently for two national NPS webinars as well as at Journey Through Hallowed Ground NHA's annual conference.
The duo continues to be sought after to speak on using partnerships to increase impact and detail why place-based service learning is a powerful, transferable education model for any community. Their presentations
 outlined ways that educators can use community and park opportunities and collaborations to encourage students' sense of civic engagement and stewardship.


The ENHA/NPS Park for Every Classroom workshop continues into its third summer, expanding to encompass nearby Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site. This summer also sees the continuation of Salem at SEA, a program designed to promote literacy and community ties among English language learners through cultural resources.   Learn more.

The Hub of Oildom - New Visitor Center Opens
Visitors examine maps in the new Oil City Visitor Center


"Oil City - The Hub of Oildom" is the theme of the newest Visitor Center in the Oil Region National Heritage Area in northwestern Pennsylvania. Located at the Venango Museum of Art, Science & Industry, in Oil City, the exhibit features new interpretive panels, with maps, artifacts,  and historic photographs.


Visitor Centers were developed inside existing interpretive facilities which provide staff to operate the centers year-round and help visitors become more aware of historic attractions and outdoor recreational opportunities as recommended in the Oil Region Management Action Plan. "Moving It" (Oil Transportation) and "Settlement of the Queen City" are depicted at the excursion railroad's Perry Street Station in Titusville. "Blue River and Black Gold" is the theme of exhibits at the Crawford Center in Emlention (the region's southern gateway along I-80). 


The exhibit was designed by Phoenixx Design Associates of York, PA and fabricated by Steel City Displays of Malvern, PA. The Dr. and Mrs. Arthur William Phillips Charitable Trust and Pennsylvania's Department of Conservation and Natural Resource's Bureau of Recreation and Conservation matched federal funding from NPS. Project partners, vendors, and guests celebrated its opening on April 24.

High Tech Trail

The paved multi-use trail is shared by walkers, joggers, and cyclists. Work on the 30 + mile trail began over 10 years ago and was built by the PATH foundation.


From the start, the Arabia Mountain PATH (AMP) was designed to flow with the natural landscape and link both natural and manmade landmarks in the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area. Now, the newly competed AMP is high tech! Visitors can easily get an overview of the path with a map that can be downloaded by any smart phone. The interactive map provides tidbits on local landmarks; if a visitor wants to learn more they can tap highlighted links for more photos and text. Because the map is online any edits or additions can be made quickly and the most accurate information is always available for visitors.


Tech savvy hikers can also play the new Geo-PATH game. Explorers have fun while using their wits and a GPS to discover over 40 hidden treasure boxes concealed in secret spots along the AMP.  Don't put away your smart phone yet! The Arabia Alliance is also developing an AMP app that will give visitors a whole new way to discover the gems along the AMP. 


Tech trail enhancements are designed to allow visitors to gain a deeper understanding of the Arabia Mountain NHA and give a new way to connect with the rich history and stunning landscape. 

Impact of Trails on Economic and Community Development


This June, to help developers, business owners and members of the community make the connection between trails and a healthy local economy, Heritage Valley Partners, a non-profit affiliate of Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area, presented a Trails to Prosperity Conference.


The conference, held at the Pioneer Plaza Best Western Conference Center near the future Carbondale Riverwalk, featured Hon. Ron Littlefield, former Mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Jason Gaikowski, of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Both speakers enlightened the audience about the powerful impact of trails in attracting businesses to their communities by making them more livable and attractive, not only to residents, but also to large commercial and industrial companies.


Mr. Littlefield stated that their trail system was the critical factor in attracting international companies to Chattanooga, including Volkswagon in 2008, and Alstom in 2012. Mr. Gaikowski related how the use of trails and a bicycle friendly culture had measurable positive effects on the health of the company's staff, thereby reducing healthcare costs improving productivity.


In addition, Lackawanna County Director of Economic Development, George Kelly, moderated a panel of local business and community leaders to discuss the impact of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail on their enterprises. To learn more about Trails to Prosperity, visit

125,000 to participate in Hudson River Valley Ramble

In its 15th year, the Hudson River Ramble is a month-long celebration of the Hudson River Valley NHA's history, culture, and nature, with an emphasis on scenic landscapes, recreational byways, artistic heritage, and storied role in American history. 

The Ramble takes place over four weekends in September and will engage over 125,000 participants in an extraordinary offering of educational and entertaining programs - from guided nature walks and challenging hikes, bike rides, and paddles, to living history events, family-fun festivals, and arts and culture experiences. While the Ramble offers something for everyone seeking exploration and leisure in the Hudson Valley, it also strives to connect people with the extraordinary resources of landscape and instill in them an understanding of the stewardship required to sustain those resources. 

The Ramble is produced by the Hudson River Valley Greenway and National Heritage Area in partnership with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation; NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; NYS Division of Tourism, and nearly 200 organizations that host events."
Move It! 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge


Essex Heritage, in partnership with the YMCA of the North Shore, recently launched Move It! 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge - a new wellness initiative inspiring individuals and families of all ages to get active in the great outdoors of the 500 sq. mile Essex National Heritage Area or inside at the Y's state-of-the-art facilities. By highlighting the miles of trails within the Heritage Area, and the multitude of recreation-oriented events hosted by both organizations and partners, the program seeks promote healthy living by getting people out and active and provides an excellent platform to raise awareness of the natural and recreational resources throughout Essex, including the Border to Boston Trail and Essex Coastal Scenic Byway.  


Move It! will run July through October and allow participants to earn prizes by tracking their walking, running, biking or swimming miles via a specially designed website and mileage tracker.  Move It and Learn more.

State Journal Honors Jeremy Morris 40 under 40
 reprinted from the West Virginia State Journal 
Jeremy Morris, 


It's apparent that Jeremy Morris has an appreciation for West Virginia's past and wants to help ensure it's preserved for future generations. The Beckley native is the executive director of the Wheeling National Heritage Area Corporation, an organization that works in conjunction with the NPS.


"When I am done here, I want Wheeling to be the coolest, hippest, healthiest, happiest place to live in West Virginia," Morris said. "Wheeling has such a rich history. It's where the state was founded and we have probably the best collection of architecture anywhere in the state. Learning new things about Wheeling and its impact on the state and the country is probably the most rewarding part of the job."


A graduate of West Virginia University, he later worked with the Appalachian Forest Heritage Project and WVU's Community Design Team, assisting small communities plan revitalization.

It was on a design team trip to Romania that he met his wife, Mihaela Szavo, who attended graduate school at WVU. 


Morris credits his mother with instilling his appreciation of culture and history. She was director of the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine for two decades.


"I spent the formative years of my life hanging around that place," he said, describing the mine as the most important interpretive heritage site in the state. "I didn't know it at the time, but I couldn't have received a better education in heritage development and tourism than what I received those days. I definitely learned to be engaged in my community from her as well." 

Save the Carrie Deer Kickstarter 
The Deer survived 15 years of the Carrie Furnaces' evolution, including scrap collectors, vandals, weather and threats of demolition to become a focal point of revitalization for this important industrial national heritage site.

August 16, Rivers of Steel hosted an evening of live music, dance performances, and the premier of The Carrie Deer Documentary. 

Save the Carrie Deer Kickstarter Campaign supports restoration of the 40' salvage art sculpture built in 1997 by a group of Pittsburgh artists. These were the early years of Pittsburgh's industrial salvage and site-specific artworks. Creatively sparked by abandoned industrial sites, they erected a hidden 40' sculpture. Hiking covertly onto the guarded Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area site on weekends, carrying backpacks of hand tools they extracted materials, built jigs, designed assembly lines and struggled with engineering. Read More.
New Erie Canalway Site Directory links historic canal sites for visitors


One of the key strengths of National Heritage Areas is their ability to provide a critical link that unites communities and assets under a strong, recognized brand. Erie Canalway offers both interpretive glue and a promotional framework that ties together a variety of canal sites and museums, visitor centers, and National Park sites, attracting national and international visitors.


New to our promotional tool box is a Directory of Canal Sites and Museums. The free directory introduces visitors to more than 45 of sites of interest -- each showcasing a different part of the canal's legacy - from its famous locks and low bridges, to its transformation of NY, to the prominent role it continues to play in shaping communities along its shores. The directory also includes a large map to show the location of each site and information about things to see and do along the canal.

Though much of the information included in the directory has been available online for a number of years, we found that many boaters, cyclists, and day visitors prefer a brochure in hand to help them find their way to interesting places. Request a copy

NHA Supports 150th Anniversary Commemoration of the Battle of Brice's Crossroads
Over 1,000 people attended the battle re-enactment and many children attended the Children's Discovery Day. Two NPS representatives were on hand during the 3-day event to provide tours. 


After interning with the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area in the spring and graduating from the University of Mississippi in May, Baldwyn native Kayla Carpenter began a summer position with the heritage area as marketing assistant/exhibit center staff.


In April, she began creating ads, speaking with media, distributing flyers and writing news articles for the 150th Anniversary commemoration, held in June.Ms. Carpenter authored articles for a 16 page insert in The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
 covering the Battles of Brice's Crossroads and Tupelo. 


She is the daughter of Edwina Carpenter, director of the interpretive center at the Brice's Crossroads National Battlefield.

5 NHAs Receive NPS Foundation Grants


Five National Heritage Areas were among 37 sites selected to receive 2014 Active Trails Grants from the National Park Foundation including: Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, Baltimore National Heritage Area, Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area, Essex National Heritage Area, Wheeling National Heritage Area.


Now in its sixth year, the Active Trails program supports healthy living by getting people out and active in national parks and now heritage areas through projects that help restore, protect, and/or create land and water trails across the country. These projects include hands-on learning, hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing, volunteering, and more.


"Through the Active Trails program, people across the country are connecting with their national parks, discovering more ways to lead active and healthy lives, and giving back to the places they love," said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. "These grants are critical to helping with ongoing efforts to maintain and enhance the 17,000 miles of land and water trails across the National Park System."

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Patience, Persistence, and Passion
Project Highlights in Sangre de Cristo NH
Engaging Young Stewards
Road Trippin'
Discover International Connections
The Hub of Oildom
Economic Impact of Trails on Communities Explored
125,000 to participate in Ramble
Move it!
Connecting Historic Sites in Erie
Battle of Brice's Crossroads
NPF Grant News
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