2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the National Heritage Areas program. Conceived as a way to cross the culture – nature divide, heritage areas stretch beyond political boundaries to tell landscape scale histories and protect regional environmental resources. The areas tell stories that are too big, too gritty, too alive and too expensive to be confined within a traditional national park unit. Yet, heritage areas have been consistently hammered by shrinking federal budgets, questions about the proper role of government, and even their right to exist. Read more about how the LLO plans to mark this important anniversary.
In mid-June, the World Heritage Committee met in Doha, Qatar. Several new sites and landscapes were inscribed on the world heritage list, including one in the United States – the country’s first nomination since a loss of voting rights for nonpayment of dues to the committee’s parent organization UNESCO.
The Riverspark Heritage Area in New York was among the first urban parks in the nation to protect and interpret the history and built environment of labor in the United States. Among the stories and sites preserved was that of Kate Mullany, a young Irish immigrant who led a week long strike in 1864 that gained collar workers in Troy a 25% increase in their wages. Learn more about efforts to place her make her home a National Historic Landmark.
Can new digital technologies aid in the documentation, interpretation, and protection of large landscapes? Below are a few interesting projects and tools from around the web that seek to do just that.
When the NPS ran into a paperwork glitch, agency staff responded creatively to gather information on the status of National Historic Landmarks.
The Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Inc. (Blackstone) seeks an Executive Director. Established in 2010, Blackstone is a Massachusetts non-profit corporation governed by a board of directors consisting of between 15 and 25 members. Its mission is to work in partnership with the National Park Service and other key partner organizations in the Blackstone […]