A collaborative effort by the Missouri Humanities Council and local governments, cultural organizations, and other community leaders, the Heritage Tourism program shines a light on Missouri’s most treasured heritage sites. These sites offer a unique perspective on life in Missouri both past and present, and by illuminating their histories, the Missouri Humanities Council hopes to teach Missourians about their rich heritage.
As part of the program’s first project, the Missouri Humanities Council and its partners will map Missouri’s German heritage. German immigrants traveled from St. Louis westward along the Missouri River, establishing towns like Affton along their route. This mapping project will highlight the histories of these German communities and heritage sites while also bringing in tourism dollars to support Missouri’s main streets.