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Center of Appalachian Studies & Services

Fairmont State University




Helvetia, West Virginia:  An Exploration of Its German Swiss Background


Jointly, students and Helvetia community leaders will explore the possible avenues to overcome the isolation factor in cultural heritage tourism promotion and community sustainability.  Students will be building upon first-person experiences of their 2011 Roads to Appalachian Study Abroad through Belgium, Germany, and Switzerland (with an emphasis on visiting the Swiss regions from which the early Helvetia settlers originated).  Students will research techniques used by isolated communities that have successfully overcome their geographical location in promoting heritage tourism for application in the Helvetia Swiss village.

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Final Report



Contact Information:

Judy Byers, Ph.D.
Director, West Virginia Folklife Center
Fairmont State University
1201 Locust Avenue
Fairmont, WV 26554
Telephone: 304-367-4286

Email: jbyers@fairmontstate.edu



Previous Conference Participation:  2010      2009


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