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EXPLORE THE RICH HISTORY OF WESTMORELAND COUNTY
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What is Westmoreland Heritage?

Westmoreland Heritage is a county-wide partnership that serves as a network for Westmoreland County’s numerous historic and cultural organizations. We also have individual supporters who seek to spread the dual missions of Westmoreland Heritage to as many people as possible.

What are the dual missions?

The two missions of Westmoreland Heritage are:

  • Educate county residents and visitors about our remarkable history and culture.
  • Encourage tourism of those historic & cultural assets and events.

Westmoreland Heritage collaborates with all partners and the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau to accomplish these missions.

What differentiates Westmoreland Heritage from other local organizations?

Besides being the only regularly scheduled gathering of leaders from the county’s historic and cultural organizations, Westmoreland Heritage also serves as a marketing tool for all partners. Westmoreland Heritage runs three active social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram), manages four quarterly partner meetings, hosts a monthly radio show & podcast, produces vlog-style videos for partners, sends monthly eNewsletters to the public featuring all partners, facilitates the annual Westmoreland Heritage Passport Contest, and so on. Westmoreland Heritage, summarized, works to promote the incredible work of our partners and encourage as many people as possible to physically visit those sites and events.

Please see our Partner Benefits document for further information.

OK, that sounds great if I’m an organization, but what if I’m just an individual who wants to partner?

Welcome! As an individual supporter, you are showing your dedication to our dual missions of education and tourism. You are an integral part of our partnership, particularly at the quarterly partner meetings, where individual supporters often bring along new, potential partners. You also serve as a personal advocate for Westmoreland County’s historic and cultural significance. You have access to the same information and incredible social network as our organizational partners, including private monthly mailings and updates on all of our initiatives.

Alright, you’ve convinced me! How do I partner?

We’re so happy to have you join. Please email your intentions, including what organization (if any) you represent, to info@westmorelandheritage.org. We will then email you the $100 invoice for annual membership. Membership lasts from January 31st of the current year to January 31st of the following year. Renewal reminders are sent in December, creating a seamless transition from one year to the next.

More specific questions:

I’m with a small organization (run only by volunteers! No paid staff!). How can Westmoreland Heritage be useful for us?

Westmoreland Heritage serves as an advocate in your corner, bringing along the strength of a focused, local network. We know the decision to join carries a lot of weight. This $100 annual investment, for many volunteer organizations, is significant. Westmoreland Heritage offers more than enough benefits to make sure you get your money’s worth out of joining, as many of those partner benefits would cost hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, to purchase on your own. And of course, the opportunity to join a network of organizations with similar obstacles, goals, and triumphs is one of the most important benefits Westmoreland Heritage can offer to you.

I’m in a large organization with plenty of resources and staff. Why should we join Westmoreland Heritage?

Besides Westmoreland Heritage being a professional, additional organization advocating on your behalf, large sites will relish participating in our annual passport contest and our quarterly partner meetings. Those two opportunities allow you to both promote your own organization, as well as meet your fellow local organizations who you may wish to collaborate with on important projects. The importance of showing your dedication in a local network cannot be overstated. Of course, the radio show & podcast, personalized vlogs, and all of the other partner benefits are available to you as well. While you may not need as much marketing assistance, Westmoreland Heritage is here as another tool in your kit to make Westmoreland County an incredible tourism destination.

You keep mentioning a Passport Contest. What is this contest?

See this blog post from Jessica Petrovich, current Westmoreland Heritage Director, for an overview of the inaugural passport contest in 2019: https://www.laurelhighlands.org/blog/post/win-big-with-the-2019-westmoreland-heritage-passport-contest/

Passport contest participation is an additional $100 charge to offset the cost of printing and materials. If you are interested in participating in the Westmoreland Heritage Passport Contest, please indicate your interest in an email sent to info@westmorelandheritage.org.

PARTNER BENEFITS

  • Exclusive invitation to our quarterly partner meetings held in March, June, September, and December
  • Valuable network of local leaders from organizations just like yours!
  • Vlog-style videos created for your sites and special events
  • Unique opportunity to be a guest on our monthly radio show & podcast
  • Attentive visits from the Westmoreland Heritage Director to your site; an advocate for you who actually has physically been to your site/event.
  • Unlimited sharing of posts on our social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  • Energetic announcements of your site’s upcoming weekend events in our “This Weekend” videos posted to Facebook and Twitter.
  • Private monthly eNewsletters sent to partners that provide updates on Westmoreland Heritage’s latest initiatives
  • Reserved access to a closed Facebook group and private email distribution list, both exclusively for partner site leaders to share information with one another
  • Special inclusion on recommendations for group tour operators
  • One-of-a-kind chance to participate in the annual Westmoreland Heritage Passport Contest*

We’re so happy to have you join. Please email your intentions, including what organization (if any) you represent, to info@westmorelandheritage.org. We will then email you the $100 invoice for annual membership. Membership lasts from January 31st of the current year to January 31st of the following year. Renewal reminders are sent in December, creating a seamless transition from one year to the next.

*Passport contest participation is an additional $100 charge to offset the cost of printing and materials.

Partner Application

As a county-wide partnership, we are all stronger when we work together and pool our talents and knowledge. When one partner succeeds, we all reap the benefits of increased tourism and educational exposure.