Natchitoches, LA, November 18, 2014
“Cane River National Heritage Area’s mission is to preserve and promote the cultural and natural resources of Cane River and encourage economic development by strengthening heritage tourism in the region.”
Cane River National Heritage Area (CRNHA) marked its 20th Anniversary with an open house and reception, Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at the Natchitoches Events Center. Created by the United States Congress on November 2, 1994, Cane River National Heritage Area has worked closely with area residents, organizations and government entities to preserve and promote the significant cultural resources of the Cane River region. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to not only look to the future of our organization, but to remember with great appreciation the service of the previous commission and long-term staff,” commented Kathleen Byrd,Ph.D., Chair of CRNHA Board of Directors.
Over the course of twenty years, Cane River NHA has awarded over $4.5million in funding to 244 projects. These projects range from historic preservation, heritage education, interpretation, landscape preservation and heritage tourism. CRNHA’s projects and programs have made major impacts to the region, resulting in the creation of over 1,500 jobs and fostering over 50,000 hours of volunteer service.
At its core, the key to the heritage area’s success has been through its collaboration with its network of 200 partners, including individuals, community organizations, local, state, and federal entities. CRNHA’s CEO, Cynthia Sutton remarked, “The shared vision, expertise, and resources of our partners has allowed the heritage area to make great strides toward the long-term preservation and promotion of the region.” She continued stating, “As we celebrate our 20th Anniversary, we renew our commitment to foster a vibrant Cane River Community.”