Posted February 28, 2012

New Paltz, NY – To assist Ulster County’s many diverse cultural heritage organizations better attract visitors and work more closely with the Ulster County Tourism Department, County Executive Hein invited staff, board members and volunteers from these organizations to attend the Collaborating to Bring History Alive: Ulster County Cultural Heritage Conference.

Speakers presented useful information on available resources and how best to attract visitors to cultural heritage sites.“The overwhelming majority of American travelers include a cultural, arts, heritage or historic activity into their vacation; Ulster County has a fascinating and diverse heritage to share; and welook forward to welcoming visitors from around the world,” said County Executive Hein.“Unfortunately, some of our sites suffer from a lack of awareness, visitation or support and today’sevent is designed to help end that. The Cultural Heritage Conference is a great way to facilitate partnership among our cultural heritage organizations so that they can all grow stronger and attract more visitors.”At the conference, County Executive Hein unveiled plans for a new Cultural Heritage Trai lbrochure. It will include a description of each historic site, a County map with all of the sites andsuggestions for visitors with particular interests.County Executive Hein said, “Our new Cultural Heritage Trail brochure will afford both visitorsand residents the ability to find our many historic and cultural sites. It is a great way to promote allof these valuable locations.” Rick Remsnyder, Ulster County Tourism Department Director, stated, "The County Executivecould not have picked a better time to bring Ulster County’s cultural heritage sites together.Cultural tourism assets play a huge role in drawing people to Ulster County. Each town and community has sites that bring our past to our present creating an experience for our visitors that is unforgettable.""In the Hudson Valley, cultural tourism is a growth industry thanks to the efforts of both for-profitand not-for-profit companies. We all have to work together to succeed,” said Ken Snodgrass of Locust Grove and Locust Lawn. Speakers included: Mike Hein, County Executive; Nina Postupack, County Clerk; MarkCastiglione, Acting Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Greenway; Lance Matteson,President of the Ulster County Development Corporation; Tim Allred, Hudson Valley Guide atHudson River Valley Tours, Vice President of the Friends of Senate House and Member ofSojourner Truth Esopus Memorial Committee; Jim Edelstein of 33 Delivered; Cathy Ellis ofHudson River Valley Tours, LLC; Kenneth F. Snodgrass, Executive Director of Locust Grove andLocust Lawn; Erin M Tobin, Regional Director of Technical and Grant Programs for Eastern NewYork at the Preservation League of New York State; Rick Remsnyder, Director, Ulster CountyDepartment of Tourism; March Gallagher, Ulster County Deputy Director for EconomicDevelopment; and Laurie Hancock, Deputy County Clerk, Office of the County Clerk RecordsManagement.