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I have been mentioned/interviewed/cited in Contemporary Issues in Culture Heritage – In Ben Hruska’s Chapter.

Chapter 10 Volunteering around the block: revisiting Block Island’s Manissean heritage by Benjamin Hruska

Contemporary Geographies of Leisure, Tourism And Mobility - Contemporary Issues in Cultural Heritage Tourism
Contemporary Geographies of Leisure, Tourism And Mobility – Contemporary Issues in Cultural Heritage Tourism

About: Benjamin Hruska, MA, 2004, recently completed a Ph.D. in public history at Arizona State University. His dissertation, “Baptized by Saltwater”, Acts of Remembrence and Commemoration Surrounding the USS Block Islands, CVE-21 & CVE-106, dealt with self-commeration of World War II era Sailors and Marines. Hruska currently serves as the Court Historian for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C.

Benjamin Hruska serves as the Historian for the US Department of Defense’s US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in Washington, DC. Hruska’s duties include the launching of a new oral history project at the Courthouse and managing public programmes. He recently received his PhD in Public History from Arizonia State University and his dissertation covered the sinking of an American aircraft carrier in World War II. Before returning to graduate school, Hruska served as the Director of the Block Island Historical Society located on Block Island, Rhode Island. His duties there included operating the house museum, public programmes and the annual House and Garden Tour. Hruska has also earned an MA in Public History from Wichita State University.

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Description of book:
The perceived quality of a destination’s cultural offering has long been a significant factor in determining tourist choices of destination.  More recently, the need to present touristic offerings that include cultural experiences and heritage has become widely recognised, that this aspect of the tourism experience is an important differentiator of destinations, as well as being amongst the most manageable.  This has also led to an increase in the management of such experiences through special exhibitions, events and festivals, as well as through ensuring more routine and controlled access to heritage sites.
Reflecting the increasing application of cultural heritage as a driver for tourism and development, this book provides for the first time a cohesive volume on the subject that is theoretically rich, practically applied and empirically grounded.  Written by expert scholars and practitioners in the field, the book covers a broad range of theoretical perspectives of cultural heritage tourism; regeneration, policy, stakeholders, marketing, socio-economic development, impacts, sustainability, volunteering and ICT. It takes a broad view, integrating international examples of sites, monuments as well as intangible cultural heritage, motor vehicle heritage events and modern art museums.
This significant book furthers knowledge of the theory and application of tourism within the context of cultural heritage and will be of interest to students, researchers and practitioners in a range of disciplines.
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I have the honor to be included in Ken Feder’s new book – I have my own chapter

Lessons From the Past - Edited by Ken Feder
Lessons From the Past – Edited by Ken Feder

Lessons from the Past – Ancient Knowledge, Contemporary Issues (First Edition) Edited by Ken Feder

The anthology Lessons from the Past challenges the assumption that archaeology is little more than telling interesting stories about the past. Instead, the book details a variety of ways in which archaeological data and analysis can provide important insights concerning issues facing the world today.

Lessons from the Past presents articles and case studies showing how archaeological methodology can serve communities of the descendants of excavated sites, and how the study of ancient ways of life can help reveal the origins of modern problems including climate change, hunger, and oppression and may even suggest some solutions. The book demonstrates how archaeology can contribute to solving historical mysteries, and the ways in which forensic archaeology can be used to help solve present-day crimes.

 Lessons from the Past is perhaps the first reader in the field to demonstrate the practical value of archaeology. By introducing readers to the diverse ways archaeology can be interesting, relevant, and even entertaining, the book serves as a valuable pedagogical tool for those teaching introductory courses in the discipline.

 Biography – Kenneth Feder holds a Ph.D. in anthropology, and is a professor of anthropology at Central Connecticut State University. He writes extensively in the field, and is noted for his criticism of pseudo-archaeology in the books Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries: Science and Pseudoscience in Archeology and Encyclopedia of Dubious Archeology: From Atlantis to the Walam Olum. He has appeared on the National Geographic Channel and the BBC, and is a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. Dr. Feder is also the founder and director of the Farmington River Archaeological Project.

Note from Coni: I have a chapter in this book – pg 55-57: My Ancestors – The Lighthouse People – by Coni Dubois

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