A new National Park Service (NPS) report concludes that 346,000 visitors to Fire Island National Seashore and Sagamore Hill National Historic Site in 2018 spent $20.2 million in communities near the park. The spending supported 172 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $13.7 million, according to the report. [Read more…] about Study: Long Island National Parks Add 13.7M To Economy
The final Cabin Fever Sunday Series program of the season at Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX) will be Fools Rushed In: W.H.H. Murray’s Adventures in the Wilderness, 150 Years Later with Ivy Gocker, is set for April 7th, at 1:30 pm. [Read more…] about Murray’s Fools Talk at Adirondack Museum
We are in the midst of the bicentennial of the construction of the Erie Canal. It began on July 4, 1817, in Rome and ended eight years later with the Wedding of the Waters on November 4, 1825 in New York Harbor.
In 2017, the World Canals conference was held in Syracuse in honor of the bicentennial. One would think that the eight-year commemoration provides ample time to develop Paths through History along the Erie Canal. There could be multiple paths as people returned each summer for another conference and tour. Forts Plain and Ticonderoga both have annual American Revolution conferences with tours. [Read more…] about History, REDC Funding and New York State Canals
In December the latest round of Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) awards for 2018 were announced. The awards distribute funds to the different regions of the state by category. This week I reviewed the awards from I LOVENY, and listed them in alphabetical order by region and county. [Read more…] about Feinman: 2018 REDC Grants and NYS History
The New York Cultural Heritage Tourism Network’s spring conference, “Developing Strategic Organizational Sustainability”, originally planned for March 15 and interrupted by Storm Stella, has been rescheduled for Wednesday June 7, 2017. The conference will be held at Colgate University from 8 am to 4 pm. [Read more…] about Cultural Heritage Conference at Colgate University
During the 2017 National Park Week, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that 2016’s record visitation of 331 million visitors at America’s 417 National Park Service sites contributed $34.9 billion to the U.S. economy in 2016 – a $2.9 billion increase from 2015. Zinke made his announcement while visiting the historic Presidio of San Francisco at Golden Gate National Recreation Area. [Read more…] about Study: National Park Visits Added $34.9B to US Economy
James Fenimore Cooper’s knowledge of the French and Indian War may have been sketchy, but he was interested enough in its history to contemplate a visit to Lake George, which he finally did with a party of Englishmen in August, 1824.
Lord Edward Stanley, who would later become the 14th Earl of Derby and Great Britain’s Prime Minister during the reign of Queen Victoria, was a member of the party. As they crossed the Hudson River at Glens Falls on the return trip to Saratoga, Stanley noted in his journal, “Cooper… was much struck with the scenery which he had not before seen; and exclaimed, ‘I must place one of my old Indians here.” [Read more…] about Cooper’s Cave: America’s First Roadside Attraction
On Wednesday March 15, 2017 at Colgate University in Hamilton, the New York Cultural Heritage Tourism Network (NYCHTN) will host a conference on Strategic Organizational Sustainability. [Read more…] about Conference on Strategic Organizational Sustainability March 15
In 2012 Governor Cuomo unveiled New York State’s “Path Through History,” a statewide initiative that links historically and culturally significant sites, locations and events throughout New York State. [Read more…] about Registration Open for 2017 Path Through History Weekend
The New York State Tourism Industry Association has released a summary of the tourism initiatives contained in the Governor’s policy briefing book. The proposals are as follows: [Read more…] about Governor Cuomo’s New Tourism Initiatives