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|Tourism Cares Awards $70,000 in Grants|
|Written by Brandy Schaffels|
|Tuesday, 30 October 2007 12:49|
Agency promoting responsible tourism announces fall 2007 grantees, including multiple Native American cultural and heritage sites
Tourism Cares, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting responsible tourism within the tourism industry, awarded $70,000 in grants to seven nonprofit organizations as part of its Worldwide Grant Program for fall 2007. With matching funds from each recipient, a total of $140,000 will be deposited into projects representing a balance of brick-and-mortar and educational programs, three of which involve Native American culture and heritage.
The American West Heritage Center is a 175-acre outdoor living history museum situated in Utah's Cache Valley. Welcoming more than 60,000 visitors annually, 13% of whom are schoolchildren, the center's mission is "to interpret the heritage and history of the American West from 1820-1920," centering around four unique cultural groups that inhabited the area during that time period: mountain men, pioneers, early 20th-century farmers and Native Americans. The Tourism Cares grant will help create a permanent educational exhibit inside the Welcome Center about the Bear River Massacre, one of the largest Native American massacres in the history of the west. The unusual project is supported by the Northwestern Shoshone, the Cache Valley Tourism Board and Utah State University.
Chimney Rock Interpretive Association, Inc., Pagosa Springs, Colo.: A Project for Emergency Stabilization of Chimney Rock Pueblo - $10,000
Chimney Rock, home to the ancestors of the modern Pueblo Indians and listed on National Register of Historic Places in 1970, is a major attraction for heritage tourism in southwestern Colorado. As part of the sacred homeland of various Native American peoples, the mission of the Chimney Rock Interpretive Association, Inc. is "to provide visitors to this important archaeological area an enjoyable and educational experience which is sensitive to native cultures through informed tours and to assist the Forest Service in protecting the site". The Tourism Cares grant will address the urgent need to stabilize the site by repairing the collapsed walls and installing drainage systems at Chimney Rock in order to minimize moisture infiltration and to prevent future water damage.
Voted Iowa's No. 1 tourist attraction in 2004 and serving more than 230,000 visitors annually, National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium has a mission "to explore life of the Mississippi River, and the rivers of the United States, and to collect, preserve, and interpret their stories for present and future generations." It is also an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and a Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Center partner. The Tourism Cares grant will assist the Dubuque Country Historical Society, as part of its expansion plans, in restoring the 1934-built National Landmark Steamboat William M. Black, the site's centerpiece and an American icon.
Jacob's Pillow Dance, situated in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, is a world-renowned center for dance and hosts America's oldest international dance festival. This 161-acre site annually receives more than 84,000 visitors from around the world, who participate in more than 200 of its programs. It is the first and only dance entity to be declared a National Historic Landmark by the federal government for its contribution to American culture. The Tourism Cares grant will help repair the structural damage and improve drainage of the Ted Shawn Theatre in order to protect its foundation. This famous theatre, built in 1942 and designed by the architect Joseph Franz, was the first American theatre designed specifically for dance.
Mystic Seaport was founded with the mission "to create a broad, public understanding of the relationship of America and the sea". Since its inception in 1929, Mystic Seaport-the Museum of America and the Sea has become a leading center for maritime research and education, welcoming an average of 300,000 visitors each year. The Tourism Cares grant will support the production of an interpretive exhibition about the restoration of the museum's iconic 1841 whaling ship Charles W. Morgan, a National Historic Landmark, to educate visitors and to train interpreters. The Charles W. Morgan, built in New Bedford, Mass., is the only square-rigged commercial sailing vessel remaining from the nation's great age of sail.
The Newport Historical Society, founded in 1928, has partnered with the town of Newport, N.H. and the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources to protect and rehabilitate the historic bridges on the Sugar River Rail Trail (part of the Rails to Trails network). Included in the Historic American Engineering Record at the Library of Congress, these bridges "represent the evolution of engineering and transportation in the United States," says James Garvin, State Architectural Historian. Constructed at the turn of the century, they are two of the world's eight remaining covered railroad bridges in the "double Town lattice truss" style, and listed on the National Historic Register. The Tourism Cares grant will assist with roof repairs to the Pier Bridge and Wright's Bridge.
Sipaulovi Village, located on Second Mesa in present-day northeastern Arizona, has been continuously occupied and culturally active since it was established in the late 1600s. The Sipaulovi Development Corporation was established by the Hopi Nation village of Sipaulovi to create and implement sustainable tourism and economic development projects while maintaining their current ways of life. The Tourism Cares grant will help conserve and restore the kachina resting places, walls, and trails while educating local residents and the traveling public about the clan's significant history and cultural stories.