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Explore the past; look into the future in state heritage areas

Discover New York's rich legacy at the State Heritage Areas, special places where we honor history, celebrate the present, and plan the future of our communities. Whether you are seeking to stimulate your mind, exercise your muscles, or delight your senses, you'll find something to enjoy at a Heritage Area.

The Heritage Area System (formerly known as the Urban Cultural Park System) is a state-local partnership established to preserve and develop areas that have special significance to New York State. From the Great Lakes to the eastern tip of Long Island, the Heritage Areas encompass some of the state's most significant natural, historic, and cultural resources, as well as the people and programs that keep them vital.

Start your visit at a Heritage Area Visitor Center, then tour the Heritage Areas and all they have to offer -- glorious vistas, exquisite architecture, informative exhibits, lively festivals, enticing shops, dynamic downtowns, and fascinating stories.

From rural charm to urban hustle and bustle, Heritage Areas offer something of interest to everyone. We invite you to explore the past and look into the future in New York State's Heritage Areas! For information, write NYS Heritage Area Programs, New York State Parks, Albany, NY 12238.

The year 2007 marks the 25th anniversary of the creation of the New York State Heritage Area Program. As part of a year-long series of events and publications, a Heritage Development Forum was held on November 13, 2007 to address heritage development issues. The Heritage Development Resource Guide (pdf) was compiled for use by those who work on heritage-related issues and programs. The Guide contains common definitions and brief profiles of the organizations and agencies that are doing this type of work.

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