News From Terre Haute, Indiana

History

June 9, 2013

Genealogy: Any community can take advantage of cultural tourism

TERRE HAUTE — Cultural tourism is a subset of the tourism industry that focuses on a region’s cultural heritage, lifestyle, history, geography, art and architecture. We may think of it as something elaborate and grand, like traveling to Europe or Africa to experience the culture of our ancestors, but it can take place in almost any community.

One example of a small community I visited several years ago is the Pendarvis historical site at Mineral Point, Wisc. This restored location was named after Pendarvis, in Cornwall, England. Historically, it was settled by many Cornish miners in the 1830s and 1840s. Since I am descended from Cornish miners who came to Clay County, I was interested in Pendarvis.

The site included tours of old Cornish homes, with interpreters dressed in period costume, information on the lead and zinc mines that had been in the area, and restaurants that featured Cornish pasties. (These are little pies that often have meat and vegetables in one end and a fruit dessert in the other. They were convenient for the miners to take down into the mines with them because they were a complete meal that could just be picked up and eaten without utensils).

Any community can take advantage of cultural tourism, even Terre Haute. The Cultural Heritage Tourism group suggests that a community follow the following five principals: 1.) the collaboration of various community groups on the goal of cultural tourism; 2.) finding the focus for the particular community; 3.) making the community sites and programs come alive (“on average, visitors will remember 10 percent of what they hear, 30 percent of what they read, 50 percent of what they see, and 90 percent of what they do); 4.) focusing on quality and authenticity, making the destination worthwhile for the tourist to visit; and 5.) preserving and protecting the community’s cultural, historical and natural sites.

The group also outlines four steps for implementing cultural tourism in a community: 1.) assess the potential; 2.) plan and organize; 3.) preserve and protect your resources, and prepare for visitors; 4.) market for success.

Some of Terre Haute’s resources include: the river, coal mining history, the railroads and canals, a local saint, three universities, libraries for genealogical research, the site of Fort Harrison, and the homes of Paul Dresser, Theodore Dreiser and Eugene V. Debbs.

So much of our heritage has been thoughtlessly torn down over the years. Vacant lots take the place of buildings. Chances have been lost. Let’s do something about this.

Queries

Seeking information on Moses Reid, born March 28, 1831, in Miami County, Ohio, and died Dec. 19, 1897, in Vermilion County, Ill. He married Mary Jane French on March 16, 1854, in Vermilion County.

She was born Feb. 14, 1837, in Illinois, and died May 14, 1915, in Vermilion County.

 I think his parents are listed on the 1850 census for Eugene Township, Vermilion County, Ill. Moses, age 19, was living with James Reid, age 60, and wife Lydia, age 50, both born in North Carolina.

Any information about this family and especially the parents, is appreciated. I would like to know where and when they died, and where they are buried. Thank you. Please contact Terry Lee Reid at song

writer1046@peoplepc.com.

III

If you have a query, please send it to tamszion@gmail.com or to Genealogy, Tribune-Star Publishing Company, P.O. Box 149, Terre Haute, IN 47808.

 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
History
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Admirers Flock to Dole During Kansas Homecoming U.S. Paratroopers in Poland, Amid Ukraine Crisis Raw: Erupting Volcanoes in Guatemala and Peru Cubs Superfans Celebrate Wrigley's 100th Video Shows Possible Syrian Gas Attack Raw: Cattle Truck Overturns in Texas Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' SKorea Ferry Toll Hits 156, Search Gets Tougher Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: Violence Erupts in Rio Near Olympic Venue Alibaba IPO Could Be Largest Ever for Tech Firm FBI Joining Probe of Suburban NY 'Swatting' Call US Reviews Clemency for Certain Inmates Air Force: $4.2B Saved From Grounding A-10s Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police
NDN Video
Michael Strahan's First Day on "GMA" Amazon's Deal With HBO Leapfrogs Streaming Rivals Stephen Colbert Tells David Letterman His Plan for 'Late Show' Georgetown police officer filmed tripping students Viral: It's Not Pitbull - It's Amy Poehler! Recycling Highlights for Earth Day Lupita Nyong'o Named People's 'Most Beautiful' Peeps Launched into Outer Space NYPD's Twitter Request For Photos Backfires New HBO Go Commercials Capture Awkward Family TV Watching Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Rise of the Milkbots Jenna Dewan-Tatum Strips Down TRENDING: Brian Williams Raps 'Gin and Juice' on ‘Tonight Show’ Middle School heroes rescue students from burning bus WHOPPER OF FISHING STORY: Florida man catches massive Mako shark Maks Chmerkovskiy's "DWTS" Meltdown The many faces of Mike Woodson Ape Builds A Fire And Toasts Marshmallows In Amazing BBC Video Manchester Utd sack manager David Moyes
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity