March 2, 2016 at 2:30 pm

Geography Colloquium | Heritage Tourism in Raleigh, Newfoundland: Where the Road Less Traveled Ends, April 8

The Geography Department Colloquium Series presents Dr. Dawn Bowen on “Heritage Tourism in Raleigh, Newfoundland: Where the Road Less Traveled Ends” on Friday, April 8, from 2:00 to 2:55 p.m. in Porter 104.

Dawn Bowen

Dawn Bowen

Bowen is Professor of Geography at the University of Mary Washington, where she has taught since 1997. She was trained as a Historical Geographer at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and her research interests include ethnic settlement and relocation in western Canada, northward expansion of agriculture in Canada, and more recently, heritage tourism in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Abstract: In 1992, the small community of Raleigh, like hundreds of other outports on the Newfoundland coast, was threatened by the moratorium on cod fishing. Since then, its population has dwindled to less than 200 people, half of its pre-moratorium level, with three-quarters of them over the age of 65. This is not an uncommon situation in small, isolated communities, but efforts to preserve the heritage and traditions of the residents are. In 2003, community members formed the Raleigh Historical Corporation (RHC), a non-profit and volunteer organization, with a mission to investigate, preserve and promote historic resources in Raleigh for local, social, and economic development. A dozen years on, one might ask these questions: What has RHC created? Have visitors been drawn to its heritage landscape? The answers to those questions are both uplifting and bleak, revealing the painful realities of life on the margins, where efforts to promote tourism are held hostage by isolation, lack of funding, and travelers’ indifference to heritage preservation.

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