delaware-county.JPGNew Web site compiles many facets of Delaware County's History  Delhi, N.Y. - Delaware & Ulster Railroad and Hanford Mills Museum have been marketing themselves together for years as a great pair of historical outings to make in the Western Catskills. Their theme - Experience the Power of History by Learning the History of Power - is being transformed into a great new website.  A gander through http://www.powerofhistory.org/ will bring you on a wonderful trip through Delaware County's industrial and agrarian past, as well as its role as a tourism destination for city dwellers.   The website is a collaboration between D&URR, Hanford Mills, the Delaware County Historical Association and the Delaware County tourism efforts led by the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce.  Kaatskill Life Magazine, whose articles on the region are highly regarded for their depth and detail, put the website team in touch with their writers for reuse of some articles for the initial launch.  The archives at DCHA are continually being looked through for new content and the fantastic photographic archives that are found in their collections.  The website is not a static experience that will stay the same, but is more like a blog or online magazine as new content will be continually uploaded.  The website hosts articles, slideshows, videos and maps.  There is a Facebook page titled Power of History that will feature even more photos and articles that may be slightly off topic or add fun background details to the stories.  There is even a Twitter feed that will add information on local events with a history bent. Tourism Director Patty Cullen is pleased to have created a different online experience for visitors and residents to deepen their relationship to the county.  "By now we know that folks of all ages do part, if not all, of their travel research online. We are looking to provide lots of content on the website that will be found in search engines and combine that with the social media aspect to really create a stronger relationship to our visitors, generating more overnight and day trips.  Our history attracts families, farm foodies, fishing and hunting fans, railroad enthusiasts, vintage baseball fans, folks who love everything historical from timber frame construction to small engines." The idea of heritage tourism is an appealing one for Delaware County.  Even people who live here don't really understand the quality of the experience our local historical sites offer.  Hanford Mills' executive director Liz Callahan explains, "The Power of History website offers everyone/virtual visitors - near and far - a unique opportunity to explore many facets of Delaware County's rich historical resources.  The perspectives and themes found throughout this website create a unique and ever-expanding quilt of ideas and anecdotes that blanket the Northwest Catskills and preserve its unique and colorful culture." The tourism office will be looking to put together getaway packages that appeal to this customer, and offering suggestions on DIY (do-it-yourself) excursions, with of course a modern twist.  "Imagine waking up at your B&B, after breakfast you get a blanket, picnic basket with lunch, copy of one or two Burroughs books, brochure about his life and a map to all the pertinent sites to visit.  You hang out at Woodchuck Lodge, reading Burroughs where Burroughs was inspired.  That experience has relevance today." The Great Western Catskills is an easy day trip from New York City metro area, Albany, or Binghamton and a great weekend getaway or vacation destination for all. To learn more about our attractions, outdoor recreation and great events going on in the Delaware County Catskills, log on to: http://www.greatwesterncatskills.com/.   

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Press contact: Patty Cullen, Tourism Director Delaware County Chamber of Commerce 5 1/2 Main Street  Delhi, NY 13753 E-mail: tourism@delawarecounty.org (866) 775-4425