March 19, 2013, Chesapeake City, MD. – The Historical Society of Cecil County was recognized as the Tourism Partner of the year for its work in support of the local hospitality industry at the annual Tourism Recognition Breakfast. This yearly presentation at the PNC Bank sponsored event gives the county the opportunity to recognize outstanding partnership collaboration that markets and enhances the region.
The Society takes an active role in supporting our destination marketing initiatives, Sandy Turner county director of tourism noted as she presented the award to the all-volunteer group. It also plays a central part in the creation of products and events for visitors, such as the War of 1812 Walking Tour, museum exhibits, driving tours, and lectures Turner added.
“As the keepers of Cecil’s heritage we are pleased to be recognized as a significant partner by the county,” Paula Newton, the history group’s president said. “The staff in our unpaid organization gives many free hours to promote our area and help the business community as we support the creation of the destination visitor experience here.”
A dynamic organization that is the source for understanding the area’s heritage, the 80-year-old organization shares its wealth of resources, collections, and knowledge of earlier times with the public through programs, exhibits, a library, publications, and community outreach. The research library, the one place you need to visit if you are studying the past locally, is the largest repository of materials pertaining the county in existence anywhere. It has over well over 10,000 photos, centuries of old newspapers published in nearly every town, thousands of manuscripts, and about every book ever published on Cecil’s past. The volunteer subject matter experts, gladly apply their practical knowledge to actively support every segment that has an interest in heritage tourism or genealogy. Visit the Society’s website at www.cecilhistory.org for more information.
“We are pleased to work closely with Tourism, Economic Development, and the hospitality industry to benefit the business community here and leverage our talents and resources for that purpose,” Newton noted. “We thank the county, Economic Development, and the Tourism committee for recognizing the exceptional work of our volunteers and the value proposition our nonprofit brings to economic development in Cecil County.”