Heritage Tourism News



 Guidebook Features American Indian Places
American Indian Places: A Historical Guidebook, by Frances H. Kennedy, has just been released by Houghton Mifflin Co. The book includes 366 places that are significant to American Indians and open to the public, and includes location information, maps, and two sections of color photographs. Somewhat different from previous guides, the book is organized in broad thematic sections by region, and includes such topics as Early Mound Builders, Sacred Places and Visitor Protocols, Mississippian: A Way of Life, Florida's Native American Heritage, the Dakota in Minnestoa, the Chaco Meridian, and the Trail of Tears, among many more. Each section is introduced in a short essay by a Native American author, archaeologist, researcher, or site manager. Kennedy notes that the royalties from the book will go to the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. For more information:

Sixth Savannah Symposium: World Heritage in Perspective
The Department of Architectural History at the Savannah College of Art and Design invites papers for its Sixth Biennial Symposium, World Heritage in Perspective, on February 19-21, 2009. Papers are sought on the architectural and spatial elements of cultural properties on the World Heritage list and the many issues related to the creation, development and maintenance of the list itself. Paper sessions will focus on various topics related to heritage designations as a significant factor in furthering the study of the built environment globally and locally. Further details can be found at http://www.scad.edu/architectural-history/index-old.cfm

Travel & Learn: The French, the Indians, and the History and Archaeology of Québec
In celebration of the 400th anniversary of watershed European settlements in North America, the University of Virginia is offering a Travel & Learn program to Canada to explore the roots of French settlement in Québec (1608) from July 9-13, 2008. Leading the program is Jeffrey Hantman, U.Va. professor and specialist on the North American, along with William Kelso, Director of the Jamestown Rediscovery Project; William Moss, Chief Archaeologist for the City of Québec; and Canadian Historian Gilles Proulx. The trip will follow the trails blazed by Samuel de Champlain and his fellow travelers, exploring the momentous consequences for Europeans and the native peoples they encountered during an era of competition for control of the “New World.” The program will include lecture, discussion, special access tours, and visits to Montreal and Ottawa. This is the second in a series of programs offered by the University which examine the history and archaeology of European settlement in North America. The 2007 offering featured a fascinating look at new discoveries in the settlement of Jamestown (1607). The 2009 program will head to Santa Fe, New Mexico, (Spanish charter 1609) to explore the beginnings of Spanish settlement in North America. More information can be found at www.virginia.edu/travelandlearn or by calling (800) 346-2882.

New Book on Archaeological Tourism
Released in August 2007 from Left Coast Press Inc. comes the book The Tourists Gaze, The Cretans Glance: Archaeology and Tourism on a Greek Island, by Philip Duke. As researchers bring their analytic skills to bear on contemporary archaeological tourism, they find that it is as much about the present as the past. Using personal diaries, ethnographic interviews, site guidebooks, and tourist brochures, this book engages the theoretically and pragmatically complicated intersections of heritage, tourism and community. It is concerned with the Minoan past and how it serves as a metanarrative for western social inequality, with the packaging and reception of that past and with the degree and nature of the tourist’s agency in engaging with it. It will stimulate discussion and promote further scholarly attention to the role of heritage exploitation in today’s globalized world of tourism and commodification. Available in paperback at www.LCoastPress.com.

 National Preservation Conference
National Trust for Historic Preservation
October 21-25, 2008
Tulsa, OK
Proposals for education sessions are sought that explore critical issues which challenge communities across the country and present cutting-edge historic preservation strategies and models. A broad range of proposals that include cultural and geographic diversity are being sought.

 Heritage Interpretation Connects People With Nature and Culture, Not With the Gift Shop
Each year groups of visitors to national parks cluster around rangers or volunteers to learn more about a site's natural life and history. A recreation researcher at the University of Arkansas has found that park staff and volunteers remain true to their roots as nature guides, even as the field of heritage interpretation matures into a certified discipline with formal training. Gregory M. Benton presented research at the recent national conference of the National Association for Interpretation showing that practitioners focus mainly on one of the four goals emphasized in formal training.

 Saving Places that Matter: A Citizen's Guide to the National Historic Preservation Act
Left Coast Press announces the paperback book by Thomas F. King. They�re going to wipe out your neighborhood or drive you off your ranch to put in a transit station or a surface mine. How do you stop it? Tom King, renowned expert on the heritage preservation process in the United States, explains the ins and outs of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and how it can be used to protect special places in your community. King will show you the scope of the law, how it is often misinterpreted or ignored by government agencies and developers, and how to use its provisions to force others to pay attention to your concerns. He explains the quirky role of the National Register of Historic Places and the importance of consultation in getting what you want. King provides you with examples of how people like you can use the Section 106 process to stop wanton development, and encourages you to do the same. Offered by Left Coast Press, Inc., at $24.95 paperback.

 New Journal on Heritage Management Launched
A new journal called Heritage Management is being launched through Left Coast Press. Heritage Management is a global, peer-reviewed journal that provides a venue for using scholarly, professional, and indigenous knowledge to address broader societal concerns about managing cultural heritage. Issues addressed include resource management, cultural preservation and revitalization, education, legal/legislative developments, public archaeology, and ethics. The journal presents an engaging forum for those who work with governmental and tribal agencies, museums, private CRM firms, indigenous communities, and colleges and universities. It facilitates a multivocal arena for disseminating and critically discussing cultural heritage management issues collaboratively among professionals and stakeholders. Heritage Management will include peer-reviewed research on policy, legislation, ethics, and methods in heritage management and will showcase exemplary projects and models of public interpretation and interaction. A peer-reviewed Forum section presents position statements and responses on key current issues. The journal also includes reviews of books, web pages, exhibits, and resources in various media. For more information, click here.

 New 7 Wonders of the World Announced
The New7Wonders of the World were announced on July 7, 2007, in a star-studded ceremony featuring a fanfare of musical performances and a parade of world dignitaries. All came together for one night to highlight the world's cultural gems and shared heritage. The New7Wonders of the World, in random order, are The Great Wall of China, Petra, Chichn Itz , the Statue of Christ Redeemer, the Colosseum, Machu Picchu and the Taj Mahal. More than 100 million votes were cast world. The New7Wonders Foundation, which is the body behind the New7Wonders campaign, has the express aim of documenting, maintaining, restoring and reconstructing world heritage under the motto: Our Heritage is Our Future. Through film, television, the Internet and books, people shall be alerted to the destruction of nature and the decay of our man-made heritage. Monuments in jeopardy, perhaps in a dangerous state of decay, can be saved by publicizing their beauty and highlighting their plight to the international community.

 NHL Announces Photo Contest Winners
The National Historic Landmarks program proudly announces its 2007 national photo contest winners. NPS employees from across the nation cast 1,517 votes to choose among more that 125 photos from 25 states and the District of Columbia. From the many extraordinary photos entered, David Sharrow, Sunrise and Moonrise, taken of San Xavier del Bac was chosen as the 2007 National Winner. To see the winners, go to http://www.nps.gov/nero/nhlphoto/.

 National Geographic Traveler Rates World Heritage Sites
In 1973, when the U.S. became the first country to sign the World Heritage Convention, the idea was for global recognition to encourage protection of the world's great natural and cultural sites. UNESCO would administer the program, and nations could apply to have a site inscribed on a World Heritage List, if the site was protected and of "outstanding universal value." Tourism traffic wasn't even part of the equation. It is now. If you look at the destination as a whole­the site plus its neighboring region­tourism management can protect it, or degrade it, often more than any other factor. To see how some of these World Heritage Sites are doing, National Geographic Traveler and its National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations, with George Washington University, conducted its third Destination Scorecard survey. A panel of 419 experts in sustainable tourism and destination stewardship rated 94 World Heritage destinations. You can learn about the survey and the ratings of the 94 sites here.

 ACHP Archaeology Task Force Update
Read about the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation's strategy to promote archaeology in Heritage Tourism and Public Education. The goal is to expand the Presidents Preserve America initiative by ensuring public enjoyment of our nations heritage through greater knowledge and appreciation of archaeological properties.

 Left Coast Press Initiates New Series on Heritage Tourism
Helaine Silverman, University of Illionois, Urbana-Champaign, will serve as the series editor in a new book series on heritage tourism to be published by Left Coast Presss. Heritage, Tourism and Community is an innovative new book series that seeks to address these interconnected issues from multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. Manuscripts are sought that address heritage and tourism and their relationships to local community, economic development, regional ecology, heritage conservation and preservation, and related indigenous, regional, and national political and cultural issues. Proposals and letters of inquiry may be directed to the series editor at helaine@uiuc.edu. For information on books int he series, check the Left Coast Press web site.

 Indiana Offers Travel Itineraries
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources offers self-guided travel intineraries to Indiana heritage sites on their web site. Topics include Indiana Archaeology, African American Sites, Historic Theaters, and Women in Indiana, among others.

 Designing an Archaeology Vacation for Tourists
Documentary producer and tour operator Peter Sommer describes how he goes about designing a perfect tour providing tourists with an exciting and educational introduction to the archaeology of the world.


Updated 11/30/2011