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Path Thru History Project Highlights Historic Sites

We will soon start seeing short history segments pop up on television and the internet.
We will soon start seeing short history segments pop up on television and the internet.

The Path Thru History project is a way for New York State to highlight historic sites and try to get people to visit them. Back in 2012, New York State awarded all 10 Regional Economic Development Councils $100,000 to produce promotional history pieces. In the Southern Tier region, WSKG is working to create about 85 minute long vignettes, which include historic sites from Broome, Tioga and surrounding counties.

Fred Bonn is the Regional Director of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in the Finger Lakes region.

"We've worked with county historical offices to identify what assets are available for people to visit, what can be kind of pop culture history? What are the legacy historical assets that we have?" asked Fred Bonn.

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo says the goal of the promotional stories and new signage being put up around the state is to boost tourism.

"This project is helping regions target areas of interest to get people to come when they're at the wineries, they can also stop and enjoy one of our museums or historical places, so that part is very exciting. The entire tourism component of what the Governor is doing has been very positive," said Lupardo.

The vignettes have not been released yet. We should start seeing some of them within a few months.
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