erie-canalway-logo.JPGNational "Network to Freedom" designation, promotional tour and itineraries to boost tourism in New York State WHAT:         Press conference announcing a joint tourism initiative by Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, I Love New York, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and local partners to link and promote Underground Railroad historic sites, museums, and tours in New York State, highlighting sites along the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. The effort aims to increase visitation and spur cultural heritage tourism. Dr. David Anderson, a renowned African American storyteller, actor and interpreter, will perform a 10-minute theatrical sketch portraying Frederick Douglass. WHEN:         August 24, 2011; 10:00 am WHERE:         Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau, 25 Quackenbush Square, Albany, New York WHO:         Congressman Paul Tonko and officials from the National Park Service, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, I Love New York, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Albany County Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, and others. MORE:         Accomplishments and upcoming events include:
  • Familiarization Tour- I Love NY is leading a tour from September 10-15 for a group of travel writers and tour operators from the United Kingdom. The group will cross the state visiting historic sites and museums related to the Underground Railroad (UGRR).
  • Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Designation- The National Park Service recently awarded Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom designation for its program to link travel routes, hiding places, safe houses, and destinations for African Americans escaping from slavery in the 1800s. This designation is the gold standard for museums, programs and resources related to the interpretation and promotion of the Underground Railroad. http://www.nps.gov/subjects/ugrr/index.htm
#### Contact: Lori Duell, Director of Tourism Development and Marketing 518-237-7000, ext 220, lori_duell@partner.nps.gov