In 2015, as part of a series of surveys of National Heritage Areas, national consulting firm Tripp Umbach began a study on the economic impact of tourism in The Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area and found that it generates $703.0 million in economic impact, supports 8,401 jobs, and generates $51.1 million in tax revenue.
The JTHG Partnership is committed to:
• Building a strong network of local, regional and national partners to develop a common vision for the conservation and enhancement of the scenic, historic, recreational, cultural, and natural characteristics of the region.
• Developing education outreach programs for students of every age, teachers, and visitors.
• Creating authentic heritage tourism programs that will provide economic development opportunities through regional branding and cooperative marketing in communities throughout the region.
• Working in partnership with local, state and national leaders and residents to create and support a National Scenic Byway and a National Heritage Area that will sustain and strengthen our economy, heritage and quality of life in this region.
• Creating open cooperation with property owners, heritage sites, citizens, businesses, real estate leaders and public officials to help communities grow and prosper while preserving America’s historic, natural and scenic heritage.
• Promoting the creation and maintenance of transportation systems that employ context sensitive design and foster efficient safe and enjoyable travel through the corridor.
The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership (JTHG) is a nonprofit organization with a strategic plan, a dedicated professional team and a Board of Trustees representing its 350 Partnering organizations. This broad-based coalition of public and private organizations has dedicated their collective efforts to conserving and supporting the irreplaceable historic and cultural resources contained within the Piedmont, from Gettysburg to Monticello. Through these efforts, the JTHG Partnership supports our communities with sustainable economic initiatives and creates award-winning educational programs for students and visitors of every age.
Since 2005, the JTHG Partnership has achieved the following goals:
Your support built the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership, and we are so grateful to you for your efforts. As we enter our second decade, your continued financial contribution will help broaden and deepen the impact of our programs.
The Journey is a partnership in every sense of the word. We partner with 13 National Parks, 30 historic downtown communities, 9 presidential sites, and numerous farm-to-fork operations, wineries and historic sites, as well as groups like the Piedmont Environmental Council, the Civil War Trust, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. 2016 will mark the 100th year of our National Park Service, and the 50th year of the National Historic Preservation Act. These important anniversaries will provide us with unique opportunities to build on some of our most significant partnerships.
But most importantly, we partner with people, beginning with our schoolchildren. Currently, Gettysburg Area Middle School students are creating mini-movies, sharing stories from the Eisenhower National Historic Site as part of our award-winning Of the Student, By the Student, For the StudentTM program. In spring 2016, we will launch a new and innovative Beacon project for tech-savvy elementary students at Harpers Ferry National Park. Our Extreme Journey summer camps are becoming more popular every year and allow kids to gain an appreciation for our history while having a lot of fun doing it.
The Journey Through Hallowed Ground spans from Gettysburg to Monticello, between which lies one of the most important historic regions in the United States.
The Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area includes: Adams County, Pennsylvania; Washington, Carroll and Frederick Counties in Maryland; Harpers Ferry, WV; and
the counties of Loudoun, Prince William, Fauquier, Rappahannock, Culpeper, Madison, Orange, Spotsylvania, Greene, and
Albemarle Counties in Virginia.
William W. Sellers,
a lawyer and nonprofit executive, has a proven track record in fundraising,
building partnerships, and managing resources. Recently, he spent five years as President of Wentworth Military Academy
and College in Lexington, MO, which was founded in 1880. During his tenure, he led the $11 million
nonprofit institution, which was on the verge of closure and bankruptcy, to
record enrollment. Among other
achievements, his tenure at Wentworth was marked by increases in fundraising of
more than 50%; his leadership in strategic planning; his oversight of over $1
million in facility upgrades; the expansion of the campus footprint through the
purchase of five adjacent properties; and increasing international enrollment
through the establishment of an international department with recruiting initiatives
in multiple countries.
Sellers received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Harvard University, and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Missouri School of Law. Prior to his presidency at Wentworth, he spent several years in private practice. Bill has served in leadership roles in a broad range of organizations. Among other positions, he has served as President of the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States; on the Presidential Advisory Committee to Missouri’s Coordinating Board of Higher Education; on the Board of Trustees of the State Historical Society of Missouri; and on the Board of Directors of the Harvard Alumni Association. Sellers has also been active in managing, and fundraising for, several political campaigns.
Our award-winning Of the Student, By the Student, For the Student™ community service project literally connects middle school students to the history in their own backyards as they use primary source documents and digital technology to create mini-movies, which become part of the official interpretive materials at each of the 13 National Parks within the Journey, and are available to educators, students and visitors worldwide through YouTube, Facebook, our website and the National Parks websites.
In the 2015-2016 school year, the Of the
Student, By the Student, For the Student® service-learning project was conducted at Gettysburg Area
Middle School in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to focus on President Eisenhower
and the Eisenhower National Historic Site using funds awarded by the NPS
Technical Assistance Program. Two vodcasts were produced that highlight two important elements of President Eisenhower’s
Presidency: the national distribution of the polio vaccine, and
Khrushchev’s visit with Eisenhower in Gettysburg and its role in reducing
tensions of the Cold War.
To watch the vodcasts or to learn more, visit www.HallowedGround.org/Education. Please consider a gift to support this work as demand for our nationally award-winning educational programs far outpace our current capacity.
In 2015, the JTHG Partnership planned and completed 7 tree planting events with dedication ceremonies, accounting for 1800 trees being planted.
These trees will create a 180-mile memorial in the region
along the JTHG National Scenic Byway, serving to remind each traveler along the
way of the enormity of the loss. Each tree is geotagged, allowing visitors to
learn the name and story of each young man for whom the tree is dedicated. In
collaboration with teachers and students around the nation, the JTHG
Partnership is providing the necessary resources for students to conduct
primary source-based research on the fallen from their community, creating a
local connection to a national memorial. Funding is provided from a number of sources, including individual donations of $100 for each tree planted.
In 2015, a study by national consulting firm Tripp Ubach determined that the economic impact of tourism in the JTHG National Heritage Area generates $703 million in economic impact, supports 8,401 jobs, and generates $51.1 million in tax revenue. As importantly, the businesses that rely on tourism also support the quality of life for every citizen, including the shop owners in our historic communities, the inn keepers, restaurateurs, the farms that supply our restaurants, and those who create equestrian and other sporting destinations.
The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership is a consortium of some 350 heritage sites, non-profits, educational institutions, governments, Main Street Communities, tourism organizations and other organizations dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the region.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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