Cultural & Heritage Will Receive Tourism Award
Weekend Journey through the Past Event Is Recognized as Outstanding
SOMERVILLE – Freeholder Brian G. Gallagher has announced that Somerset County’s Cultural & Heritage Commission will receive a 2019 Salute to Tourism Award in recognition of its “Outstanding Event,” the annual Weekend Journey through the Past, an initiative that highlights 30 of the county’s historic sites.
Every year Somerset County Tourism – a division of the Somerset County Business Partnership – honors professionals, organizations and events that have helped make the county a vibrant place to visit, live and work. This year the county’s Cultural & Heritage office will be recognized for its exceptional ability to provide residents and visitors with access to tourism that preserves the county’s cultural heritage through education about local and national history, while providing economic benefits to the communities that are involved during its annual event.
Specifically, Cultural & Heritage will be honored for demonstrating the highest standards and best practices in the tourism industry by promoting Somerset County’s brand and for achieving a positive economic and community-focused environment during Weekend Journey through the Past.
“Weekend Journey is not just a small local event,” said Freeholder Gallagher. “Last year it brought in not only thousands of Somerset County residents but visitors from 13 other New Jersey counties, 12 states across America, and nine foreign countries.
“At this unique event, participating sites are open to the public free of charge, giving visitors an opportunity to witness what life was like in Somerset County 50, 100 or even 200 years ago in relation to significant historical events. It’s really something that no one should miss,” he said.
Weekend Journey through the Past is supported by the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Cultural & Heritage Commission, Somerset County Tourism, and in partnership with local historical organizations and artists.
Some of the many Cultural & Heritage projects include Gallery 24/7: Art on Traffic Control Boxes, a project that was initiated to provide exposure for local artists and welcome tourism to Somerset County; and the Somerset County Teen Arts Festival, an arts education program providing county students with the opportunity to perform in various arts disciplines, as well as participate in a variety of workshops and master classes.
Cultural & Heritage Commission is a nine-member commission, appointed by the Board of Chosen Freeholders, who are responsible for developing county programs to help promote public interest in local and county history, arts and culture, and community, state and federal goals and traditions.