Discover Our Shared Heritage Itineraries – Sightseeing on your drive to the 2012 AAIF Biennial Conference in Collegeville, MN

Planning to drive to the 2012 AAIF Biennial Conference? 

Thinking about making this into a family vacation?

Here are some suggestions for helping you to plan a driving trip to Collegeville, MN:

The National Register of Historic Places

“The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources.”

How are Properties Evaluated?

To be considered eligible, a property must meet the National Register Criteria for Evaluation. This involves examining the property’s age, integrity, and significance.

• Age and Integrity.                    Is the property old enough to be considered historic (generally at least 50 years old) and does it still look much the way it did in the past?

• Significance.                                Is the property associated with events, activities, or developments that were important in the past? And with the lives of people who were important in the past?

With significant architectural history, landscape history, or engineering achievements?

Does it have the potential to yield information through archeological investigation about our past?

The Power of Place
“Historic places cover the vast American landscape. From national parks to sites that embody local history, each of these places has an important historic narrative to tell, each can engage the minds and activate the curiosity of students, and each provides Americans a genuine encounter with the past. The powerful and intriguing nature of historic places provides teachers with an invaluable opportunity to help students appreciate the connection between their lives and the historic narratives, themes, and ideas of our nation’s past. Such connections enable educators to use places to teach a variety of subjects, as well as to create fulfilling service learning activities that both reinforce learning and benefit the community.”

National Register 2012 County Challenge (photo challenge on Flickr)

Did you know almost every county in the United States has at least one place listed in the National Register?

Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary Series                                            Heritage Education Services Program

As our list of travel itineraries grows, the historic destinations you can visit online or in person are virtually endless!

Each itinerary is a self-guided tour to historic places most of which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Spotlighting different communities, geographic regions and themes across the country, the travel itineraries expose you to a huge variety of places significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture.

The “Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itineraries” can help you plan your next trip!

Perhaps if you decide to drive to the 2012 AAIF Biennial Conference, you may wish to see some of these places on your way to Collegevillle, MN.

Places Reflecting America’s Diverse Cultures
Explore their Stories in the National Park System

The United States of America is the most culturally diverse nation on earth. People from all over the world have come together to create this country, and they continue to arrive here from many corners of the earth. The National Park Service preserves the historic places and stories of America’s diverse cultural heritage and expands and maintains the National Register of Historic Places.

Midwest:  Well Known Sites on the National Register of Historic Places

Amana Colonies, Iowa

American Presidents

Aviation:From Sand Dunes to Sonic Booms

Bureau of Reclamation Historic Dams and Water Projects ~ NEW

Chicago, Illinois

We Shall Overcome: Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement

• Civil War Era National Cemeteries: Honoring Those Who Served

• Cultural Diversity: Places    reflecting America’s Diverse Cultures

Detroit, Michigan

Hardin County, Iowa

Indianapolis, Indiana

Lewis and Clark Expedition

Scotts Bluff, Nebraska

Ohio and Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor

Pierre and Fort Pierre, South Dakota

Pipestone, Minnesota

Route 66

Shaker Historic Trail

Aboard the Underground Railroad

Veterans Affairs National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers

Each itinerary provides: Descriptions of each historic place and its importance in American history, plus contextual essays

Tourist information for historic places open to the public including hours of operation, tour possibilities, phone numbers, and website links:

~ Interactive maps

~ Color and vintage photographs

~ Links to related preservation and tourism web sites

For Kids  – Feeling adventurous?

Do you like to find things that are lost? Figure out stories from clues? Then dig into Archeology for Kids.

How about a little time travel? Take a fabulous trip through more than 3,000 years in The Great American Landmarks Adventure. You’ll start with a 1,500-year-old cave painting and end up on the moon in 1969.

From the first shots of the American Revolution through the Cold War of the late 1950s, learn about some of our nation’s heroes in American Defenders of Land, Sea & Sky.

Explore, learn, and have fun!

Travel to Preserve America Communities

The Preserve America Communities program recognizes and designates communities that protect and celebrate their heritage, use their historic assets for economic development and community revitalization, and encourage people to experience and appreciate local historic resources through education and heritage tourism programs.

Please: Enjoy the journey

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