Southeast Colorado Heritage Tourism Report

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Southeast Colorado Heritage Tourism Report
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Southeast Colorado Heritage Tourism Report
Livingston, Susan Wehr
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Denver, CO
Center for Colorado and the West
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Southeast Colorado Heritage Tourism Report | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library[12/8/2015 1:03:10 PM] Home Southeast Colorado Heritage Tourism ReportSoutheast Colorado Heritage Tourism ReportSubmitted by jainlayconley on 1-18-2010 10:17 AMAuthor: Rudi Hartmann Publishing: Denver, CO: Wash Park Media, 2009. 180 pages. Black and white photos, maps. 8-1/2 x 11. Paperback. For availability see Reviewer: Susan Wehr Livingston Reviewer Affiliation: University of Colorado Denver Southeast Colorado Heritage Tourism Report is the final product of a University of Colorado Denver (UCD project conducted by Dr. Rudi Hartmann, a senior instructor in the universitys Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences. Hartmanns areas of interest include cultural geography, geographic education, and tourism planning. He is currently researching sustainable tourism planning, heritage tourism, and tourism to memorial sites and the locations of atrocities. His previous works include Horror and Human Tragedy Revisited: The Management of Sites of Atrocities for Tourism (New York: Cognizant Communication Corporation, 2005,"Dealing with Dachau in Geographic Education ( Visions of Land and Community-Geography in Jewish Studies 1998), and Tourism to Places with a Difficult Past (accessible online). With such interests it is no wonder that Hartmann would be drawn to southeastern Colorado, where the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site and the remains of a World War II Japanese interment camp (Amache) are located. Southeastern Colorado is sparsely populated with far-flung agricultural communities concentrated along the Arkansas River and the Santa Fe Trail, which followed its course. Without mountains, ski resorts or fashionable destinations, this area hardly seems like a tourist haven. However, there are both historic sites and natural attractions including Boggsville, Bents Old Fort National Historic Site, and the Comanche National Grassland. For years, this part of the state has been trying to diversify its economy by developing a tourism industry. Since 2005 the Colorado Historical Society and Colorado Tourism Office have focused on developing the areas heritage tourism. The six counties of southeastern Colorado became a Colorado Tourism pilot program that has since created a regional task force, a tourism strategy plan, and a budding heritage tourism program. Hartmanns Report adds to the growing information on the region and gives guidance for further heritage tourism development. With grants from UCD, Hartmann spearheaded the Southeast Colorado Heritage Tourism Problem Based Learning Project, which he built into the curriculum of an undergraduate course (the Geography of Tourism) he taught in the fall of 2008. The project included field trips, a workshop, and the publication of this report. The report includes an introduction by Hartmann and essays by various experts: Casey Allen, Jeff EXPLORE BY MEDIABook Reviews Photographs Video Biographies New Publications Resource Guides County Newspaper HistoriesEXPLORE BY TOPICLand & Natural Resources Government & Law Agriculture Mining Commerce & Industry Transportation People & Places Communication Healthcare & Medicine Education & Libraries Cultural Communities Recreation & Entertainment Tourism ReligionEXPLORE BY CULTUREHispanic Native AmericanIn 1893, Colorado became the first state in the union to allow women the right to vote through popular election.


Southeast Colorado Heritage Tourism Report | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library[12/8/2015 1:03:10 PM] Auraria Library 303-556-4587 1100 Lawrence Street Denver, Colorado 80204 In the News Partners & Donations About Us Contact Us Campbell, Richard Carillo, Laneha Everett, Kenneth Foote, Laura Libby, Alden Miller, Craig Moore, Tom Noel, Jennifer Otto, Alexa Roberts, Brad Semmens, and Rick Wallner. This anthology also includes transcribed conversations with local officials and business owners, and student essays. Hartmanns introduction explains the genesis of southeastern Colorados heritage tourism as well as his academic and pedagogical methods. Contributing authors cover a variety of topics from descriptions of attractions to interviews, from descriptive histories that give the broad sweep of heritage tourism potential to the views of state tourism planners, and from a mayor and business owner who pin their hopes on increased tourism to the issues of interpreting and managing historic sites. Hartmann concludes the report with recommendations on how to generate a successful heritage tourism program. His recommendations include a comprehensive regional heritage tourism policy and the creation of anchor destinations, further outreach to various socioeconomic groups, and combining heritage tourism with ecotourism. Hartmanns interest in dark places leads him to point out the value of developing tourism that includes the Dust Bowl, the Sand Creek Massacre, the internment of Japanese-Americans, the brutal hardships along the old trails, the demise of Indian and pioneer life, and the present-day endurance of hard-working farmers and ranchers. People involved with heritage tourism, from professionals to local volunteers, should find Hartmanns compilation, conclusions and recommendations well worth considering. The strengths of the publication are the ambition to focus on this ignored area of the state and the breadth of contributing voices: academics, National Park Service employees, local officials, tourism promoters, and students. The weaknesses are the reports appearance and lack of editing. Each essay is reprinted in the same format the authors submitted, leading to a wide variation in fonts and style. While there are many photographs, maps, and illustrations, there is inconsistent labeling within each essay and from chapter to chapter. Other shortcomings include the absence of an index and comprehensive bibliography or resource guide. Despite its editorial and presentation flaws, this is a valuable first look at a part of Colorado often neglected by travelers. Reviewer Info: Susan Wehr Livingston recently finished her coursework for a certificate in historic preservation and a MA degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Colorado Denver. She has written Celebrating 25 Years for Colorado Preservation, Inc.s Colorado Preservationist (Autumn 2009), and Belcaro Park Ranch House Style for Historic Denver, Inc. (Spring 2009). Livingston has a MBA from Fordham University and a BA in East Asian studies from the University of Colorado Boulder. She is the volunteer coordinator for Colorado Preservation, Inc.s Saving Places Conference and organizes its annual On The Road heritage tourism trip. Add new comment