I'm less than two days away from my first official vacation of the summer, and not surprisingly, have travel on my mind. My trip is on the visiting people end of the spectrum, rather than being a full-on tourist experience, but I'm still looking for a chance to go somewhere I haven't been before (right now, this is looking like a possibility), because my inner explorer can't be stopped even by the fact that I am vacationing in a place where I lived for eight years.
I am, of course, not alone in wanting to sneak a little bit of culture into my vacay - there's an entire heritage and cultural tourism industry built to draw in folks like me. And, I imagine, you, since you're reading a historic preservation-themed blog. In fact, I expect that many (if not all) of us are not only on the consumer end of this equation, but also wear the heritage tourism hat from time to time in our work as preservationists - and that's why we've chosen it as our July Twitter chat topic.
We'll be taking to the twitters one week from today - Wednesday, July 6, at 4:00 EDT - to talk about the ins and outs of heritage tourism: how to set up a program, strategies for success, and our favorite heritage tourism experiences.
How to join in:
2. Follow and tweet with the hashtag #builtheritage
3. Watch for the questions in the Q1 format. Provide answers using the A1 format, and interact with other tweeters using replies and retweets.
Oh, and what Kayla means by the Q1/A1 format is this: Questions (we usually have four per chat) are posed by the moderator as Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4 about every 15 minutes. We ask that chatters reply with A1, A2, etc. to help everyone stay clear on what they’re responding to. A lot of side conversations and such still break out, but it helps keep things at least a little organized.
Hope you're able to join in!
Sarah Heffern is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She'll still be on the aforementioned vacation when this chat takes place, but may jump in (in a non-official capacity) as @smheffern from her seat aboard the Northeast Regional train.
Updated to reflect that next Wednesday is July 6, not July 7 as originally indicated. Clearly, my mind is already on vacation.