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Hometown History Hunting

+ Posted by Peter Bowden

As National Tourism Week winds down, I felt it was important talk about what makes mine and your hometown special. What makes us unique? Is it home to the longest urban whitewater course in the world? Is it our museums? Think about it. Columbus has two “national” museums – the National Infantry Museum, the National Civil War Naval Museum – as well as one of the largest art and history museums in the Southeast, outside of Atlanta. Then there’s the State Theatre of Georgia, the Springer Opera House, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, and the list goes on. We are fortunate to have a mix of experiences. Every town has a story to tell – Columbus certainly has dozens and dozens of stories. And all of those stories, collectively, talks of a place and all those who have lived here. We find it in the things that city leadership and visionaries have done to keep and preserve; it’s also about we have abandoned and destroyed.  Our stories include those things that were here before Columbus was settled and the things that came about from settlement and growth. Do you know what our story is? What monuments, public art, landmarks, and such define our city? These are that things that tell others what is important to Columbus; and help us look into the past, at the present, and even what’s on the horizon for the future. What is our story, your story about Columbus? I challenge you take strike out on your own and rediscover your hometown; enjoy the experiences and learn about the history of Columbus.    

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Peter F. Bowden, TMP

President & CEO, Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau

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