Rich in history, religion, culture, and bio-diversity, the area preserves a special place in our nation’s history where the villages and lifestyles of some of America’s earliest Spanish settlements still exist alongside newer railroad communities.
What is a National Heritage Area?
Heritage areas present opportunities for residents and visitors to recognize and celebrate a region’s cultural and natural assets.
A heritage area is both a place and a concept. Physically, heritage areas are regions with concentrations of significant natural, scenic, cultural, historic and recreational resources. Most of the properties in a heritage area are in private ownership and will remain in private ownership. Heritage areas are places known for their unique culture and identity, as well as for being good places to live and visit.
As a concept, heritage areas are partnerships where residents, businesses, nonprofit organizations, education institutions, local governments and state and federal agencies collaborate to create more livable and economically sustainable regions.
The Alliance of National Heritage Areas works collectively to protect and promote the people and the places that tell America’s stories.
We are a membership organization of congressionally designated National Heritage Areas and partner/affiliated organizations promoting the professionalism and benefits of the program through education and advocacy.
Together, we facilitate and celebrate partnerships that improve our effectiveness and impact.
- Serve as one voice on interests related to all NHAs
- Educate key constituencies about success and image of the NHA program
- Facilitate strategic links among NHAs and partners
- Enhance the organizational capacity of its members
- Provide a network for sharing best practices regarding a variety of disciplines