Why Explore Historic Places

When taking a vacation, most people think of the exotic beaches and other famous tourist attractions. Touring historic properties are also a great way to spend time off work or school.
Historic properties might be considered eyesores by some people, but they have value. As it was so rightly put in the 1996 report “With Heritage So Rich,” which is a report credited with the birth of historic preservation efforts; we must concern ourselves with highlights of history and the total national heritage if our future is to have greater meaning. These properties are not just buildings or sites that have been in existence for a long time. They have been found to have intrinsic value; with different building standards that can withstand forces, newer counterparts can’t. They have unusual hidden gems that are rare but valued in the present day. They are also a reminder of an area’s complexity and culture.

Great Significance

The significance of such properties can be in a local, state, or national historic context. These properties are associated with events, patterns, and activities that were significant to the development of cities and nations. Many are also associated with the lives of significant people. Some were constructed with materials or through methods that shaped an area’s historic identity. Others have forms, artistic values, engineering techniques and architectural styles that form part of the historical identity or have significance in different disciplines and research topics. These areas of significance include ethnic heritage, invention, religion and landscaping among others. With such significance, these properties are worth visiting for a variety of reasons.

Reasons to Tour Historic Places

Historic properties can be visited in order to understand the history and culture of a city, state, or nation and its people. People can also visit such properties so as to see the places and better understand the things that they have only read or heard of in stories and historical highlights. Tours of such places can be taken in order to experience the beauty of historic sites that are known for their artistic form, architecture or unique materials. Such visits can also be a crucial part of academic or professional learning especially in disciplines such as history, industry, art, agriculture, architecture, engineering, archeology, religion, literature, and medicine. They can also be an opportunity for personal growth. Exploring such sites thus presents more than an opportunity to take a break from normal activities. You should, therefore, include visits to such places in your vacation itinerary. This would be great for solo, family, or group vacations.

Planning For Your Tour of Historic Places

Carry out some research about the historic site you want to visit and prepare accordingly. If you don’t have a specific site in mind, you can research about the historical sites in an area you wish to visit. Many cities, counties, and states have registers of historic places. Such information can also be easily found online. From your research, you should be able to plan accordingly including making adequate transport arrangements. If touring as a family or group, transportation that has the capacity to carry a large number of people without compromising comforts such as limos and party buses would be ideal. Get in touch with true luxury limousines to plan for comfort and fun with a limo or party bus to New Jersey, New York, and several other places when arranging a visit to historic sites in the area.

Mission Statement

The objective of the Washakie County Historic Preservation Commission (WCHPC), as designated by the County, is to pursue preservation related projects such as a survey of historic properties in our area; preparing National Register nominations and preparing and publishing historical materials for the education of the general public.

Our project is currently in two phases. Phase One, 2003-2004, focused on research. A property abstract database was created which catalogs all documented owners of any given property within Worland’s original plat. We have also research the old Worland newspaper, the Worland Grit, and have created a database of events and notable persons. Matched with historic photos and oral histories these two databases give us a huge amount of data to collate and organize when we build a comprehensive picture of Worland when it was incorporated.

Phase Two, 2004-2005, take the project to the next level. The search for historical information on the original town plat and public information meetings will continue. We will be adding a historic census and the cemetery records to our list of resources. One of the big projects for the year is the creation of an interactive computer program similar to a web page. This program will bring together the stories for each of the original town’s lots by linking pictures with stories and other historical information. We plan to display this computer program during such events as the trade fair, Culture Fest, and the County Fair. We also plan to take our program to the schools to show the students a unique view of Worland’s history. Additionally the Commission will be identifying several sites as prospective National Historic Register locations and working with community and civic leaders to begin preparations for Worland’s Centennial celebration in 2006.

Each year we compete for federal grant funds. These funds are based solely on the merits of our project and the amount is calculated entirely from the amount of cash match donations we have obtained through our own fund raising efforts.

The funding for the next grant cycle will be used to implement Phase Two. The first and foremost is the construction of the interactive computer program: scanning documents and photos, building the web pages, linking sites together and writing the narratives that tell the story of early Worland. The Commission has several computers which they plan to use during their computer demonstrations but they will need to be updated in order to run current software. The remainder of the funds will be spent on building exhibits, computers (equipped to handle tasks for graphic designers) and iPads for public display and the supplies needed to bring the exhibits and computer program to public demonstrations.

Our work is very important for the preservation of Worland’s history and cannot become a reality without the support of our community. This program will increase our community’s historical awareness in a fun, innovative way. Donations allow us to increase our request for assistance from the Federal government, allowing each dollar to stretch further.

We thank you in advance for your support of our project. This is an exciting endeavor and we are anxiously awaiting the time when we can share the story of Worland’s beginning with the public.