HUDSON, WI – The Heritage Initiative today released documentation of the 10 Heritage Discovery Workshops held throughout the St. Croix River region between February and May of this year.
The records document the meetings, which provided information about the Initiative to local citizens, organizations and leaders and sought to identify stories that define the region. Workshop participants shared a total of 414 stories about places, traditions, people and communities which they felt make the area unique and contribute to the American story.
“The people who live and work in communities along the St. Croix, Namekagon, Kettle and Snake Rivers know it best and know what makes it special,” said Jill Shannon of the St. Croix Valley Foundation. “The Initiative’s success truly depends on the expertise of our neighbors and we are grateful to everyone who attended and shared their stories.”
The records from all the workshops have been published via the Initiative’s website at www.stcroixheritage.org/heritage-discovery-workshops-event-records/ and will be shared with community leaders to illustrate community response to the workshops.
Since the final workshop, held in Stillwater, MN on May 15, Heritage Initiative leaders have been compiling the input, which will inform four regional gatherings being planned for this fall. Those meetings will look at the stories which were shared during the workshops, identify the big themes our region shares, and discuss key strategies we might use to both promote and share the region.
The Heritage Initiative seeks to explore our communities in the St. Croix River region and their contributions to the American story. The Initiative is facilitated by the St. Croix Valley Foundation and led by a task force of interested citizens from throughout the region. Learn more at www.stcroixheritage.org or stay in touch via the Initiative’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/stcroixheritage.