Monday, December 15, 2008

'Voices of Covington' part of larger heritage tourism initiative

Utilizing Covington's history to help chart its future is the theme of a presentation this Thursday from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM at the Northern Kentucky University Welcome Center, on the first floor of the W. Frank Steely Library.

Prepared by Dr. Rebecca Bailey and the NKU Theory and Practice of Oral History and Introduction to Public History classes, "Voices of Covington" is a cultural heritage tourism program that will serve as the prototype for the "Discover Landmark Covington!" cultural heritage tourism program currently under development.

Guidance for the "Voices of Covington" program has come from the Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington, the "Discover Landmark Covington!" Advisory Council, the Kentucky Historical Society, the Kentucky Oral History Commission, the Kentucky Folklife Community Scholars program, and the Kenton County Public Library.

"Discover Landmark Covington!" is the result of a $130,000 grant provided to the City of Covington through the U.S. Department of the Interior's Preserve America program to create walking and driving tours that can be used to promote and market the city to tourists, residents, and potential homebuyers.

Upon completion, the program will have drawn over $250,000 in donations and volunteer time.

Previous reading on BC:
Covington seeking input on points of interest (8/5/08)