Wyoming Arts Council

Your town can be a "Distinctive Destination"

From a press release:

The Dozen Distinctive Destinations program recognizes unique cities and towns across the country working to preserve their historic character, promote heritage tourism, enhance their community and encourage others to enjoy all they have to offer. Each year since 2000, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has selected 12 destinations from across the country that offer authentic visitor experiences by combining dynamic downtowns, diverse cultural activities, attractive architecture, and a strong commitment to historic preservation, sustainability and revitalization.

The public will vote on a “fan favorite” from among the 12 selected destinations. The National Trust for Historic Preservation will announce the winner of the popular vote in early March 2010.

What makes your community distinctive?

  • An Authentic Experience: Historic character and charm, a variety of actives – including museums, tours, art galleries, festivals and other attractions – that will appeal to individuals, couples and families
  • A Dynamic Downtown: A vibrant main street, a well-preserved historic district, locally owned businesses
  • A Commitment to Preservation: Diverse cultural traditions, structures and events, dedicated local organizations and volunteers
  • A Green Ethic: Local food products, walking and bike tours, commitment to sustainability and revitalization
  • A Heritage Tourism Infrastructure: Locally owned retail shops, historic lodging, and unique dining options

If selected, your community will benefit by receiving:

  • Promotion through the National Trust for Historic Preservation web site, which receives over 200,000 visitors a month, and an entire web page dedicated to your destination.
  • Inclusion in a feature story about the Distinctive Destinations in Preservation magazine.
  • Support from the National Trust for Historic Preservation in planning a local media event. Past events have included governors, senators, mayors, local representatives, and community members.
  • A promotional toolkit and press release.
  • A certificate and plaque from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
  • The title of 2010 Dozen Distinctive Destination and use of the program logo on all materials. Check out some examples of what other Distinctive Destinations have done with their designation and the program logo.

Important dates:

  • All nomination materials must be submitted by Sept. 1, 2009.
  • Applicants will be notified in early January of 2010.
  • The National Announcement of the 2010 Dozen Distinctive Destinations® will take place on February 3, 2010.
  • Winner of the popular vote will be announced on March 1, 2010.

Questions? Contact Special Projects Coordinator Joelle Schatz at 202.588.6141 or Dozen@nthp.org.

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