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Heritage Area Unveils New Name & Expands Outreach

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The Lancaster-York Heritage Region has changed its name to the Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area to highlight the strategic focus on the cultural & economic value of the Susquehanna River to the region, state & nation. They're also expanding the community outreach to include an e-newsletter and a new membership program.

Mother Nature blessed us with the mighty Susquehanna – a river as rich in history as it is in breathtaking scenery, spectacular wildlife and soul restoring recreation. From the earliest Native Americans, to the American Revolution, to the Civil War, to the Industrial Revolution, so much of America can be traced to this waterway. And to our natural wonders that emanate from its banks in all directions.

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Historic and cultural places tell the story of a community – what has been achieved, what was believed, and how we came to be. Preserving them enables us to walk the grounds where our forefathers fought for freedom, tour buildings where artists and architects became inspired, and admire American ingenuity – so we learn and grow and create better communities for generations to come.

The Lancaster-York Heritage Region is one of 12 areas designated as Pennsylvania Heritage Areas for having important historic, cultural, natural, and recreational resources. Heritage areas are known for their unique cultures and identities, as well as good places to live and visit.

In Pennsylvania – and nationwide – heritage areas combine resource conservation and education with economic development, typically in the form of tourism. In partnership with local communities and with funding from state and federal agencies, heritage areas across the nation work toward their goal of creating more livable, economically vital communities – to ensure that historic buildings are restored, hiking and biking trails are created, and educational programs are developed so each region can share with you its unique story.

We’re proud to be part of this nationwide network, preserving our heritage for you to experience and enjoy. As we share our passion, we invite you to explore our region and the many heritage areas across Pennsylvania and America.

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Rolling hills. Patchwork farmlands. Quaint towns and villages. The bond between Lancaster and York Counties runs deeper than the water they share. It's a bond built on values, traditions and a passion for our past.

Connected by the Susquehanna River, the communities of the two counties tell the story of America. It's about the people who first settled on our land, their fight for freedom and the lives and culture they enjoy today.

This is who we are - this is our heritage.

The Mission: As a designated Pennsylvania Heritage Area, the Lancaster-York Heritage Region helps identify, preserve, interpret and promote the wonderfully rich heritage and culture of Lancaster and York Counties. We exist because the residents of York and Lancaster Counties are concerned about our quality of life - protecting farmland, preserving open space and natural areas, revitalizing town centers, diversifying the tourism industry, and connecting younger folks with the history and culture of our ancestors.

Goal: In association with local, state and national partners, the Lancaster-York Heritage Region works to create more livable and economically vital communities. The goals of the Lancaster-York Heritage Region include strengthening place, building understanding and identity, enhancing the visitor experience and building strong institutions for partnerships.

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As a young man I spent a couple of weeks with my friends travelling around the north east coast of the United States. Not knowing any better, we chose the easy route and headed for the major cities, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington D.C. As you would expect, we had a fantastic time. Although now, it is obvious that there’s more to the United States than just its huge cities. For instance, spending some time enjoying the great outdoors may have been the perfect contrast to the life in the cities which we experienced.

To the west of Philadelphia and north of Baltimore lies the counties of Lancaster and York. The Susquehanna river runs through this area and looks like an interesting area to learn about the history of America in the beautiful countryside surrounded by nature. All kinds of historical references relating to events such as the American Revolution, the Civil War and the Industrial Revolution are to be found.

The difference between when I went travelling in the United States fourteen years ago and now is that it’s much easier to travel light today. A perfect example of this is that instead of carrying books to read on holiday, now a days, there are a selection of hand held electronic book readers to choose from. The way that these devices work is that they hold electronic books. In other words, on one reader, we can have hundreds, if not thousands, of books. This is a really nice option, especially if we’re travelling.

So if I did the same trip again today, I’d try to encourage my friends to visit some of the less well known tourist attractions in the area. One thing that caught my eye was the First National Bank Museum. This is the only known bank in America still preserved in its original setting. This could really give us a taste of life as it used to be.

Then when it comes time to relax, I’d love to find a scenic spot by the Susquehanna river and enjoy reading a book. These days, more and more people are choosing to use these new electronic reading devices. In fact, a few new models have recently come on the market, the Amazon Kindle Touch is one of the latest offerings.

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This looks like an amazing region to explore the great outdoors, take pictures and enjoy reading a book in the open air. When it comes to travelling, the Amazon Kindle as well as other devices like the Barnes & Noble – Nook are revolutionizing the way we read. Now we really can take as many books as we like on holiday with us. We’re no longer restricted to what we can carry. The way things are now, we can carry as many books as we’d like! That’s why, if you love getting back to nature, and like the area surrounding the Susquehanna river then you bringing your Kindle with you is just another way to increase the enjoyment!