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Potomac Gateway Heritage Working Group Holds a Speakers Forum in Shepherdstown
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by Paul Wilson | 2008

A NEW conservation, preservation and economic program will focus on the local historical heritage of the Eastern Panhandle

On May 10th a Heritage Speakers Forum was held at the Byrd Center for Legislative Studies at Shepherd University. The Forum was organized by the Potomac Gateway Heritage Working Group to focus on heritage tourism.

As a result of the positive feedback from the May 10
th forum, the working group will begin the process of gathering heritage partners to collaborate on the process of forming a heritage area with a multi-state boundary that will celebrate the many heritage themes of the early 18th and 19th century. The group has reformed under the name – Washington’s Potomac Passage Heritage Area Working Group.

If you are interested in joining this working group, please e-mail or phone, Lois Turco at or phone 304-676-3928 (C).

For more information about National Heritage Areas and the formative process please visit .

For more information about the Alliance for Heritage Areas please visit to see their latest Alliance update.

The Allegheny Trail Alliance ( has had a significant effect on the economies of small towns adjacent to the Heritage Trail. So this may be a good harbinger for a similar Heritage Trail in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.

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