Letter: All welcome at historic preservation discussion

To the editor:

Join us on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Brown County History Center for a special program and participate in the discussion.

In April 2009, the report “Brown County 2020: A Vision for the Future” was published. The League of Women Voters picked two sections out of the report — history and heritage and health and wellness — and sponsored a number of community conversations on these two topics.

Heritage tourism is defined as “traveling to experience the places and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past and present.” Wellness tourism is defined as “traveling to pursue maintaining or enhancing one’s personal well-being.” These are not only the fastest growing sectors in the tourism industry today, but are also attractions for millennials and their younger brothers and sisters who are increasingly interested in active, vibrant communities as places to settle.

Mark Dollase of Indiana Landmarks will present a report identifying 51 “contributing” sites and structures within a Brown County State Park historic district. Features such as vistas, trees planted by the Civilian Conservation Corps, dams and lakes by the CCC and some trails are included as landscape features integral to the park’s history and development. The state park system was the gift the state gave itself at the centennial.

The Hoosier Hills Scenic Byway Project project began with the intention of designating State Road 135 from Morgantown to Nashville as a scenic byway. The Hoosier Hills Scenic Byway Project created such enthusiasm that Monroe, Jackson and Lawrence counties would like to become a part of this project. We have assignments: All of us are to collect the different attractions, cultural, natural and historic, including eateries, in our areas. For Brown County we are to send them to Diana Biddle.

Refreshments will be served after the program.

The discussion is sponsored by Peaceful Valley Heritage Preservation, Brown County Historical Society and the History Center, and the League of Women Voters.

Ruth Reichmann, Brown County

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