1806Marketing Our Heritage?: Cultural Conservation and Economic Development
- Mar 18, 2014
The Illinois Humanities Council Invites You to Attend
2:00pm - 4:30pm
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
30 Ramey Street, Collinsville
Should a community use its cultural heritage to create jobs and revenue? Like a rose bush, that question may prove thornier up close than it appears from a distance. Some believe that when a community uses its historic sites and artistic traditions to generate economic opportunity, it creates incentive for protecting those resources and keeping them healthy – a win-win situation. Others argue that doing so risks cheapening and exploiting them. Still others say that the returns seldom justify the investment.
Engage in discussion about this proverbial rose bush of a question during this program, which is part of our Bridging Divides series. Rose bushes also offer flowers: panelists and audience members will highlight success stories in which cultural conservation and economic development have reinforced each other effectively. They’ll share advice for people interested in translating their communities' cultural vitality into economic vitality.
This program, presented by the Illinois Humanities Council in partnership with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, is free and open to the public. However, reservations are required and can be made here.