Thursday, February 26, 2009
Cities joining Cultural Corners
Pontotoc, Rolling Fork, Aberdeen, Port Gibson and Bay St. Louis are designated as this year’s additions to the Certified Cultural Corners program, grants designated to towns with a population of less than 20,000 to preserve and promote their cultural heritage significance.
The announcement was made last week by D. Craig Ray, tourism director for Mississippi Development Authority.
MDA’s Tourism Bureau of Film and Culture established a Certified Cultural Corners Program in 2008. It identifies communities in Mississippi that have cultural heritage assets of national significance in at least two of the following areas – American Indian heritage, art and architecture, Civil War history, Civil Rights history, culinary culture, literary heritage and musical heritage.
For 2009, the following communities, their regions and their areas of cultural heritage are Pontotoc - The Hills Region: Art and Architecture, Civil War; Rolling Fork - The Delta Region: American Indian, Art and Architecture, Civil War, Music and the Teddy Roosevelt story; Aberdeen - The Pines Region: Art and Architecture, Civil War, Port Gibson - The Capital/River Region: Art and Architecture, Civil War and Civil Rights; Bay St. Louis - The Coast Region: Art and Architecture, Culinary.
“Historic and cultural assets that are preserved are beneficial for both tourists and locals to enjoy,” Ray said. “When you consider all the factors, two major revelations appear. First, the main benefit of tourism is for a destination’s residents, and, secondly, it’s the front door for economic development.”
The five pilot communities, named in 2008, are located in five different regions of the state. The new designees join Cleveland - The Delta Region; Holly Springs - The Hills Region; Ocean Springs - The Coast Region; Philadelphia - The Pines Region; and Woodville - The Capital/River Region.
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