Historic preservation and cultural heritage
Cultural heritage is the reflection of our legacy through physical artifacts and intangible characteristics inherited from our ancestors and passed down from generation to generation. It includes tangible assets like our UNESCO World Heritage Site and intangible resources such as spiritual and culinary customs, traditions and languages.
In order to document and preserve our extensive and significant heritage, we must continue to engage in mapping and identifying sites, customs, languages, traditions, places and people. While this is easily accomplished with tangible sites and landmarks, we must work to strengthen our database of intangible assets.
By working with our residents we can recognize and protect intangible heritage resources through oral histories and cultural mapping. By creating a cultural map, we can transform our intangible heritage and customs into a physical and visual tool that establishes places in our community where important traditions take place.