2nd Annual SE Michigan Heritage Tourism Networking Event

Hometown History Tours

2nd Annual Southeast Michigan Heritage Tourism Networking Event 

Capitalizing on our Local History 

Thursday, May 12, 2011

8 AM to 4:15 PM

(Continental breakfast begins at 8:15, Program at 9 AM)

Stone Creek Banquet Center

Click here to register now!

One Maguire Street (I-75 Exit 29B at Gibraltar Road) inside the Flat Rock Community Center, Flat Rock, MI

Is our storied past the key to our region’s future economic growth and prosperity? From small towns to major international cities, businesses and local governments worldwide have long benefited from the dollars tourists bring as they visit significant, and often insignificant, sites of interest. Isn’t it time for the communities of southeast Michigan to reap these rewards too?

From unbridled patriotism and political activism to strident social reform and industrial innovation, southeast Michigan has played an integral role in all aspects of the American experience.  Include our once-thriving Native American heritage, periods of French and British rule, vast cultural contributions and we offer a unique and unparalled story that deserves to be rediscovered and told!

Join us for this exciting event where we’ll not only rediscover and extol the rich history of southeast Michigan, but where we’ll launch a historic corridor that beckons tourists to visit and fully explore our region.


What is heritage tourism?

“Traveling to experience the places, artifacts and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past and present. It includes cultural, historical and natural resources.” National Trust

Who should attend?

Civic and business leaders,  educators and students,  ordinary citizens – anyone who wants to see southeast Michigan thrive!

Community and economic development directors, business association and chamber of commerce  members, historical society executives, museum directors and commissioners.

Hospitality, travel, tourism, recreation and leisure professionals, entrepreneurs, retail/restaurant proprietors, media.


Featured Speakers


Flat Rock Mayor Jonathan Dropiewski, Flat Rock Historical Society Recording Secretary and former President Cindy Fesko, Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber President Sandy Mull

National Park Service’s Economic Impact on Neighboring Communities

Scott Bentley, River Raisin Battlefield National Park

Collaborating and Developing YOUR Local History

Melissa Milton-Pung, Washtenaw County

All Roads Lead to Auto History

Nancy Darga, MotorCities National Heritage Area

Jackson Historic Prison Tours

Judy Gail Krasnow, Jackson Journey’s  LLC

Flight to Freedom Experience

Yolanda Uddin, Historic First Congregational Church

Wine, Trails and Tourism

Ed Gerten, Pentamere Winery / Member of the Southeast Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail

Looks Who’s Coming to Visit! Profile of Annual Visitors and Tips to Attract Them

Mary Zucchero, Ypsilanti Area Visitors and Convention Burea; Addl. panelists TBA

Connecting the Dots: Southeast Michigan Historic Corridor Unfolds

Karin Risko, Hometown History Tours



Hometown History Tours

Downriver Linked Greenways

Opportunity Grosse Ile


Visit Ypsi

Flat Rock Historical Society

Digital Business Cards by Jim Jacek

Monroe County Civil War Monument Committee



$45 per person / $400 for a table of ten

Advance Registration online thru NOON on Tuesday, May 10  (Call after that)

To register online or via mail, click here


2nd Annual Southeast Michigan Heritage Tourism Networking Event

Sponsored in part by the following:


(Southeast Michigan Heritage Tourism Ambassadors) 


Become a SEMHTA! Click link for details