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Tompkins County Heritage Tourism

The History Center is pleased to be part of Tompkins County’s Heritage Tourism network with its goal of presenting “this unique place by building on the special characteristics of its people, culture, history, geography, environment, economic activity and institutions."

The National Trust for Historic Preservation defines cultural heritage tourism as “travelling to experience the places and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past and present. It includes historic, cultural and natural resources.”

Heritage Tourism includes two main audiences. Tourists and community members. If we are to attract tourists utilizing heritage tourism strategies that include an emphasis on authenticity we need to be a place that highlights and tells the stories of all the county's citizens. By sharing stories and knowing each other a strong community is developed that fosters community attachment and a sense of place.  THC seeks to have compelling local history stories available through our John Marcham Research Library and through oral histories and intergenerational dialogues.

In the future we anticipate piloting a heritage ambassadors program. The program would educate participants on the many facets of the county’s history and heritage. After graduating from the training the participants would give back a certain amount of volunteer hours over a specified time period to any number of organizations and educational community events as heritage ambassadors.


Tompkins County’s Tourism Program: Implementation Plan:

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