Chapter 10 –Volunteering around the block: revisiting Block Island’s Manissean heritage by Benjamin Hruska
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.http://webs.wichita.edu/?u=history&p=/Alumni/
Benjamin Hruskaserves 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.https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=Rk5WAgAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&output=reader&authuser=0&hl=en&pg=GBS.PT24.w.4.0.47
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.
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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.