Historical Society to Hold Program on Preservation and Heritage Tourism

The Harrison County Historical Society will join with The Preservation Alliance of WV and AmeriCorps to explore the values of partnerships in historic preservation, economic development and heritage tourism on January 27that the Waldomore, 5:30pm.
Photo from The Examiner

Photo from The Examiner

The Waldomore is an excellent example of preservation which has become Clarksburg’s landmark example of showcasing the county’s image through architecture and public use. In addition, the Robinson Grand Theater, The Waldo Hotel, The Gore Hotel, Goff Building and the Olymbec/Chase Buildings are outstanding  examples of current and future rehabilitation of some of Harrison County’s major inner city buildings.  Private homes on “Quality Hill” are excellent examples of that designated historic district.
Shinnston, Salem, West Milford, Lumberport, among other smaller communities, are examples of residents and business owners taking pride in their local heritage. HCHS feels that it takes a community to preserve its history.
The Historical Society will partner with the Preservation Alliance staff to discuss economic incentives, developing community awareness and pride.  Collaboration with local government, along with public and private involvement in preservation will be related to heritage tourism.
The Harrison County Historical Society’s historic house museum, the Stealey, Goff Vance House built in 1807, is a prime example of a historic building that can stand out proudly with further development, renewed use and community involvement.  Discussion, collaboration and promotion can lead to increased economic value.
Preservation Alliance and the Historical Society will offer examples of preservation efforts, building re-purposing, and heritage tourism outcomes. Local business and property owners are encouraged to bring questions, ideas and thoughts on preservation, economic development and heritage tourism for a discussion to follow the presentation.  The Historical Society will continue programs involving both architectural and archival preservation in 2015.
The discussion on community development through preservation and heritage tourism will take place at The Waldomore in Clarksburg, January 27th, 5:30 pm.  Coffee and refreshments will be available. For more information or questions contact Carol at hcwvhs@gmail.com.  For a list of presenters see the web site harrisoncowvhistoricalsociety.org
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