Feasibility study on National Heritage Area nearing completion, public meeting set for Sept. 12

The group pursuing a National Heritage Area designation for the region is holding a final community conversation about their effort on Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. in the Belt Theater on Castner Street.

The group will update the public on the feasibility study, final themes and stories, the project area boundary and projects in the works for the proposed Upper Missouri River Heritage Area.

The event will include refreshments.

Group defines region’s national significance as quest for National Heritage Area designation continues

A group of locals started exploring the possibility of NHA designation in 2015.

There are 55 NHAs in 34 states currently and to receive the designation, an area must “tell nationally important stories that celebrate our nation’s diverse heritage. NHAs are lived-in landscapes. Consequently, NHA entities collaborate with communities to determine how to make heritage relevant to local interests and needs,” according to the National Park Service.

National Heritage Area project gaining momentum in Great Falls region

County Commissioner Jane Weber told the City-County Historic Preservation Advisory Commission this week that the comments from the meeting will be incorporated into the final draft of the feasibility study report, which will then be submitted to Congress, the body that must vote to approve the NHA designation.