2011 New York Heritage Weekend will be held the weekend of May 14th and 15th Albany, N.Y. - In 2009, thousands of visitors celebrated the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial during the inaugural launch of Heritage Weekend in the Hudson and Champlain Valleys. This year, a state-wide heritage celebration is being planned for the weekend of May 14th and May 15th to coincide with National Preservation Month. New York Heritage Weekend will showcase the Empire State's rich history and cultural heritage to residents and visitors alike while helping to kick off the summer tourism season. Plan your weekend online! In anticipation of this statewide celebration, a new website has been unveiled; HeritageWeekend.org. Visitors are encouraged to use HeritageWeekend.org to discover special events and programs occurring throughout the state in conjunction with Heritage Weekend. Search events by type (guided walk, lecture, festival, etc), by date, or by theme (including Military History, Arts and Culture, Corridor of Commerce, Architecture, and others). Visitors can also search for special events and programs geographically using an interactive map or by entering a specific address. Enter your special events and programs on HeritageWeekend.org! From now through May 10th, all historic sites, museums, architecturally significant buildings, local historians and historical societies, battlefields, historic districts, and any other New York State heritage resources are invited to visit HeritageWeekend.org and enter their events and programs. Information can be entered by clicking on "events calendar" and then "submit your event." "In 2009, thousands of people came to visit heritage sites across the Hudson River Valley Region," said Mark Castiglione, Acting Director of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and Greenway. "This year we are incredibly excited to partner with all the communities, museums, historic sites and heritage organizations that are working together to make New York Heritage Weekend a success. With the bounty of our heritage resources, Heritage Weekend will provide people of all ages an opportunity to experience the rich heritage landscape of New York State while helping to grow our economy. Tourism is a 75 billion dollar part of New York State's economy and tourists interested in heritage have been shown to spend more and stay longer." Become a sponsor! There's still time to become a sponsor of Heritage Weekend 2011. By visiting HeritageWeekend.org, interested parties can decide their sponsorship level and see a listing of benefits associated with these levels. Sponsorship benefits include banner ads on HeritageWeekend.org, recognition in all media correspondence, and logo placement in all major marketing initiatives. About Heritage Weekend Modeled after France's popular annual event, "Les Journées du Patrimoine," New York Heritage Weekend will showcase the Empire State's rich history and cultural heritage to residents and visitors alike while helping to kick off the summer tourism season. With the cooperation of federal, state, and private organizations, and in celebration of National Preservation Month, New York Heritage Weekend will highlight special events at heritage and cultural destinations throughout New York State. New York Heritage Weekend is funded in part by the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, National Trust for Historic Preservation and National Endowment for the Arts. About the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area program was established by Congress in 1996 and is funded, in part, through the National Park Service and Department of the Interior. The mission of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area is to recognize, preserve, protect and interpret the nationally significant cultural and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley for the benefit of the Nation. The Hudson River Valley Greenway is the management entity for the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.
###To download a high resolution logo, click here Find NY Heritage Weekend on Facebook or follow us on Twitter For information about the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area: http://www.hudsonrivervalley.com/ For information about the Hudson River Valley Greenway: http://www.hudsongreenway.ny.gov/ Contact: Mark Castiglione (518) 473-3835