What do you consider special about the community where you live or the places you visit? Is there an iconic landmark, a cultural event, an historic Main Street, or perhaps even a local diner that are significant showplaces to help distinguish your corner of the world from all others on earth? Do you seek out these special, authentic sites when you travel? If so, you’ve come to the right site – but we need your help.
AuthenticAmerica.com is the portal to saving and sharing these historic, cultural and natural sites – and their related programs and activities. Often operated by volunteers or non-profit organizations, these real places have real needs requiring real investment.
Why focus on authenticity? “Authenticity and Quality” became the first guiding principles when the National Trust for Historic Preservation started is heritage tourism initiative in 1989. Today, authenticity resonates with even greater importance as the world becomes more homogenized. Valued by local residents, these places are increasingly important to cultural and heritage tourists desiring a distinctive experience. To ensure these authentic places, traditions, craft, and events are around for future generations, support is needed now. Review the collection of examples where giving made a difference.