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    Hallowed ground journey leads to conference at UVA

    The land extending between Gettysburg, Pa. and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello near Charlottsville is considered hallowed ground, a witness to battlefields, historic sites, charming towns and breathtaking natural beauty with Loudoun County at its epicenter.

    Next week, organizations from four states gather at the Academical World Heritage Site at the University of Virginia to extend the legacy of the land.

    The Journey Through Hallowed Ground’s annual conference plans new initiatives and educational experiences aimed at raising national and international awareness of the region.

    The Waterford-based nonprofit will conduct workshops, field trips and discussion groups at the conference that runs May 20-21. Kerry Kennedy, president of The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice, is the featured speaker.

    The conference provides educational workshops that explore the many facets of the Journey including: engaging youth/students in the national history found in the region, economic trends in heritage tourism, grant writing and fundraising, African-American and other minority heritage, sustainable local agriculture and more.

    The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership (JTHG), the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), and the National Park Service (NPS) are partnering on a symposium at the conference.

Over 350 partner organizations are involved in promoting this historic National Heritage Area. For more information, go JTHG website at hallowedground.org or the conference site at jthgannualconference.org.

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