Texas Heritage, Volume 18, Number 3, Summer 2000 Page: 35
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THF Grant Supports Cultural and
Heritage Tourism Video Project
The state of
Texas has a brand
new video that promotes
heritage tourism in
the state, and part
of the funding for
the production of
that film was a grant
from the Texas Historical
Foundation. The video is a collaborative
project of the Texas Association of
Museums, Texas Commission on the Arts,
Texas Historical Commission, and the
Texas Travel Industry Association.
"Uniquely Texas: A Lone Star Look at
Cultural and Heritage Tourism" has been
distributed to tourism industry associations,
historic and cultural sites, and museums.
Copies have also been made available
to state libraries.
Narrated by actor and native Texan
Barry Corbin, "Uniquely Texas" was created
to help professionals in the tourism
industry initiate and grow cultural and
heritage tourism programs and projects.
The first segment of the video introduces
viewers to the diversity of cultural
and heritage tourism in Texas and establishes
a clear picture of this segment of the
tourism industry. It highlights many opportunities
and encourages Texans to get
involved in promoting and preserving
these tourism destinations. Part two provides
a formula for successfully generating
cultural and heritage tourism. Together the
two segments thoroughly prepare the
viewer to become more active in this growing
segment of tourism.
Supplemental materials are also available
to further detail the steps to create
cultural and heritage tourism programs.
Cultural and heritage tourism means traveling
to historic and cultural attractions
to experience and learn about the arts,
heritage, and unique characteristics of an
area. Cultural and heritage
more money and stay
_ .V* Ofe longer than the average
tourist, so communities
with historic sites, art
rlAND museums, and other
iRSiM cultural attractions
reap great benefits for
promoting their resources.
Texas is the second most popular
state for cultural and heritage tourists.
Information about the new tourism
video or supplemental promotional material
can be found at www.uniquelytexas.org.
The Texas Historical Foundation Board
of Directors administers six preservation
endowments, including one that is specifically
for smaller, rural communities. The
following endowments make up the THF
* Joseph P. Ballard Archaeology Fund
for research and projects supporting the
preservation of cultural resources;
* Jeanne R. Blocker Memorial Fund
for rural preservation;
* J.P. Bryan Preservation Trust for
general preservation activities;
* Historic Photography Fund for the
preservation of historic photographs and
* Legal Preservation Fund for the identification
and preservation of information
relating to the legal history of the Republic
and the state;
* Charles E. and Sarah Meadows Seay
Fund for general preservation activities.
To find out more about the grant opportunities
available through the Texas Historical
Foundation, check out THF's new
web site at www.texashf.org, which includes
an on-line application. For those who do
not have access to the Internet, grant information
is available through the Foundation
office at (512) 453-2154. Grant applications
are accepted quarterly.
5J I wish to compliment you and
the Texas Historical Foundation on the
progress that HERITAGE magazine has
made recently! Each issue looks better and
What I especially like are the off-thebeaten-path
places you show us. These hidden-away
historical sites would never be
seen without your "By The Way" feature,
yet they are so interesting both for their
histories and their appearances.
I am most intrigued by the places where
history lived. For example, the Washington
Monument is impressive indeed, but
history was not made there. I prefer President
Washington's boyhood home, Ferry
Farm. Very few people know Ferry Farm
because it is out of the way and rarely featured
in historical or tourist publications.
Thank you, Texas Historical Foundation,
for bringing lesser-known places to
Helen Courtney, Fairfield
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Elissa, an 1877 square-rigged barque.
TEXAS SEAPORT MUSEUM
1859 ASHTON VILLA
1839 WILLIAMS HOME
PIER 21 THEATER
GALVESTON COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM
1838 MENARD HOME
For information, contact:
Galveston Historical Foundation
502 20th Street
Galveston, Texas 77550-2014
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