In a conversation I had last week, I talked about "Heritage Areas" and the project that I have been working on since 2007. The project is to bring a National Heritage Area to the two rivers region. The conversation included a statement that heritage is just the same as history. This got me to thinking by asking myself a question. Is heritage the same as history?
Webster's dictionary definitions:
Heritage - Values objects and qualities such as cultural traditions, unspoiled countryside and historic buildings that have been passed down from previous generations.
History - The whole series of past events connected with someone or something.
Heritage and History are both words that conceptualize and value the past while we carry on our cultural traditions through story telling of events and people,
If you combine heritage with history you have the perfect blending of concepts that builds awareness of your "sense of place". Once you have that and develop a strategy to create a sustainable development plan, then visitors, residents and potential businesses will come calling. Because you have created a somewhere instead of anywhere.
Heritage areas as places where our cultural traditions, events, festivals, our preservation projects, our conservation projects are celebrated, managed and nurtured.
Heritage has no home, history is told by museums, in books, movies, YouTube Video's and story telling.
History is the medium through which our heritage is transmitted. Yeah! for both History and Heritage.