Ecomuseums: A Sense of Place

Glen Sutter

Ecomuseums explore, interpret and preserve heritage in a dynamic way and promote sustainable development. Economic stimulation through tourism is often a goal of ecomuseums, but most importantly ecomuseums exist to sustain and promote cultural, natural, and social heritage. Currently there are more than 300 ecomuseums in the world. Saskatchewan is home to a vibrant ecomuseums movement, with many under development. Ecomuseums develop organically and from the ground up as local people recognize the importance of a place and the things that happen there. There are various models of place attachment, but all include personal identification with a place, dependence on a place, social bonding, and interaction with nature. Communities form an ecomuseum to sustain what is important to them – the things that attach them to that place. This session looks at how this can work in your community.

A presentation of the 2016 SPRA Conference and AGM.

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