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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Tacoma Hosts Nomination Workshop; MSN Article Explains Heritage Tourism

Tacoma's Landmarks Preservation Commission is hosting a free workshop to explain the process for nominating historic places as landmarks. The Tacoma News Tribune ran a brief story on this today. If you own or work on a historic vessel, lighthouse, or other maritime site, this is a great opportunity to learn how to preserve it for future generations. Official landmark designations can often open the door to private and government funding for restoration and program work. The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2006 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Call 253-591-5220 for more information and to register, or visit TacomaCulture.org.

MSN Money published a great summary article about the benefits of heritage trails, which are a way to link small tourism attractions under a single umbrella for marketing or educational purposes. The trails are often "virtual," in that there's not a physical road or path connecting the attractions. They are linked by a theme, sometimes a road, other times a common historical thread, such as, you guessed it, maritime!

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