By Elizabeth Hughes
As 2020 – an extraordinarily difficult and heartbreaking year – draws to a close, I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone involved in protecting and stewarding the wonderful historic places that enrich all of our lives. Public historic sites, small businesses in historic districts, and heritage tourism institutions have been particularly hard-hit by COVID closures. It will take all of us working together in the New Year to reorient, reconnect, and reinvigorate our programs and our communities.
The good news is that we have all learned how to do more with virtual access and programming during this time. We’ve rediscovered our cultural landscapes and public parks. With fewer travel options, we have become more attuned to the importance of place. I hope that we can hold onto these bright lights as we move forward, and – from all of us at MHT – we send best wishes for the coming year.