Attend a Heritage Initiative Regional Gathering this fall

Four public meetings will seek to to identify common stories shared across the region and strategies for a possible National Heritage Area.




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Via the Heritage Initiative, a St. Croix 360 partner.

Heritage Initiative Regional GatheringsPublic meetings scheduled this fall around the region of Minnesota and Wisconsin defined by the St. Croix River and its tributaries will give community members a chance to share their ideas about how a National Heritage Area might work in their communities.

The Gatherings will build off the stories shared at 10 Heritage Discover Workshops held earlier in 2012, and seek to refine four common story themes which the Task Force identified this summer. Attendees will also discuss potential strategies – such as economic development, historic preservation, environmental conservation, and education, arts and culture – to promote and conserve the resources which define our region.

“The Heritage Initiative task force has heard tremendous excitement and enthusiasm about the possibility of a National Heritage Area in our region,” said Jill Shannon of the St. Croix Valley Foundation, which is facilitating the Initiative. “We invite people to attend a Regional Gatherings to help craft smart strategies for making the most of our region’s amazing cultural, historic and natural resources.”

Dates and Locations

  • October 30, noon – 3 p.m.
    Wild Mountain & Taylors Falls Recreation, Taylors Falls, MN
  • November 3, 9 a.m. – noon
    YMCA Camp St. Croix, Weyerhaeuser Lodge, Hudson, WI
  • November 8, 4 – 7 p.m.
    School District of Shell Lake, Shell Lake, WI
  • November 15, 4 – 7 p.m.
    Grand Casino Hinckley Convention Center, Hinckley, MN

The Regional Gatherings will be one of the last opportunities for participation in the Heritage Initiative. The next and final meeting will be the Heritage Summit in spring 2013, when the decision will be made about whether or not to pursue National Heritage Area designation for the St. Croix River region.

Interested individuals, organizations and members of the media are asked to R.S.V.P. for a Gathering at Anyone with questions or comments can contact Jill Shannon at 715-386-9490 or


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