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What are people saying about The Journey?

   
“[The Journey Through Hallowed Ground]….should be celebrated, and it is incumbent upon us to hold sacred these historic resources and share them with all of America and the World.This land has been inspirational to American leaders for hundreds of years and this private-public sector initiative continues a tradition that speaks to the core of what I hold dear - our American values.”
-Frank R. Wolf, U.S. Congressman (VA-10)
Frank R. Wolf, U.S. Congressman (VA-10) Testimonial
   
   

Educational Programs | Extreme  Journey Camps

   
"It is really hard to pick a favorite part because everything is so wonderful, but if I had to pick something, I would probably say canoeing on the Potomac River because that is I think the most character building and its really helped me with leadership  and becoming a better person I think and just sort of becoming one with nature more."
- Extreme Journey, Loudoun County 2012, Camper, Alex Hess 
Extreme Journey, Loudoun County 2012, Camper, Alex Hess
   
"I learned that you have to really persevere through a lot of things and leaders can really help you do that,”
- Extreme  Journey, Loudoun County 2012, Camper, Jimmy Cunningham
Extreme Journey, Loudoun County 2012, Camper, Jimmy Cunningham
   
“For middle-school kids who like outdoor adventures, working with high-tech gadgets, and who have a passion for learning, the Extreme Journey is the perfect experience.  It’s so much fun that kids won’t even notice they’re learning.”
-Larry Redding, Superintendent of Schools for the Gettysburg Area School District
Larry Redding, Superintendent of Schools for the Gettysburg Area School District
   
“Thank you again for making Extreme Journey Camp happen each summer.  All children should have the quality of learning experience provided in the Journey program,"
-Dr. Pamela Moran, Superintendent of Schools, Albemarle County, VA Public Schools
Dr. Pamela Moran, Superintendent of Schools, Albemarle County, VA Public Schools
   
 “I had to practically drag our daughter that first day because she was ‘not going to camp.’  But when I picked her up, things had taken a complete 180.  We were thrilled to see her so excited, but more importantly, it was incredible how much she learned the whole time.  Nearly a year later, she still talks about it!  And it’s the best camp she has ever attended.”
-Brenda Jochems, Principal of Frances Hazel Reid Elementary School in Leesburg, VA, and mother of an Extreme Journey camper
Brenda Jochems, Principal of Frances Hazel Reid Elementary School in Leesburg, VA, and mother of an Extreme Journey camper
   
   
   
   
   

Educational Programs | Of the Student, By the Student, For the Student™

"The JTHG Partnership is providing an exceptional opportunity for these students to connect the past that surrounds them to the present, to become engaged with critically important times in the nation's history and in local history, and to tell those stories with their own voices in their media."
-Corey Stewart, Prince William Board of Supervisors Chairman
Corey Stewart, Prince William Board of Supervisors Chairman
   
“This partnership provides an opportunity for students to take information and skills learned in the classroom and demonstrate that knowledge to a broader audience within their community."
-Marilyn B. Weyer-Elder, Mathematics and Science Grants Specialist for the Virginia Department of Education
 
   
“Our partnership with the JTHG and all of its partners helps young people value the history and culture of our region and will pay dividends for everyone involved for generations to come.”
-Ken Bassett, Supervisor of History and Social Science for Prince William County Schools
 
   
   
   

The Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area

- Governors Edward G. Rendell (PA), Martin O’Malley (MD),Joe Manchin (WV) and Tim Kaine (VA)
“Designating this region as a National Heritage Area is not only warranted, but will likewise benefit the citizens of our states by promoting our cultural attractions and supporting local businesses…By supporting these bills [H.R. 319, S.289], you will help ensure that some of our most significant historic sites and many of our Main Street communities are conserved, promoted and prosper in a way that provides visitors and citizens a seamless experience.” 
- Governors Edward G. Rendell (PA), Martin O’Malley (MD),Joe Manchin (WV) and Tim Kaine (VA)
 
   
“When it comes to a public/private partnership, the Journey Through Hallowed Ground is the benchmark – a model that benefits communities throughout the Commonwealth, along this extraordinary National Scenic Byway, throughout this National Heritage Area, and even across the nation.  The mayors, boards of supervisors, and community leaders – they all are to be commended for their forward thinking and commitment.”
Sean T. Connaughton,  Commonwealth of Virginia Secretary of Transportation 
Sean T. Connaughton, Commonwealth of Virginia Secretary of Transportation
   
“The Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area shines light on a region that holds great significance to the history of this Nation. I will continue to work with the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership and support efforts that bring opportunity to the region and its visitors."
- John Warner, U.S. Senator, VA  
John Warner, U.S. Senator, VA
   
“I am extremely pleased that the Senate recognized the importance of Maryland and our regions’ unique place in our nation’s history. The creation of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area will provide a wonderful opportunity to ensure that future generations have a much better appreciation of America’s past and of Maryland’s important contributions to it.”
-Benjamin L. Cardin,  U.S. Senator, MD
Benjamin L. Cardin, U.S. Senator, MD
   
 “Americans confuse race, culture, and heritage.  Race is what we are born into.  Culture is what we build together.  And heritage is the stewardship, the responsibility and the custodianship in the best sense of that word for the things we are left to care for and protect for future generations. I applaud the Journey Through Hallowed Ground.”
- Lenwood O. Sloan, Tourism, Director, Cultural and Heritage Tourism, Pennsylvania Tourism Office
Lenwood O. Sloan, Tourism, Director, Cultural and Heritage Tourism, Pennsylvania Tourism Office
   
"We're dead square in the middle of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground and that should have great impact,"
-Michael J. O'Connor Board Chairman, Oatlands Plantation
Michael J. O'Connor Board Chairman, Oatlands Plantation
   
   
   
   

The Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Scenic Byway

“Transportation investments like these will create jobs, increase mobility, improve quality of life for all Americans and strengthen our national economy.”
-Ray LaHood,  U.S. Secretary of Transportation LaHood
Ray LaHood, U.S. Secretary of Transportation LaHood
   
“The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership can be proud of their nearly two-year effort, working with dozens of communities and local citizens, to win federal designation of the historic thoroughfares between Gettysburg and Monticello as a National Scenic Byway.
Besides benefiting the region through increased tourism and prestige, this scenic byway will stand as a permanent memorial to the rich culture, heritage and history spanning many generations that can be found along the 180-mile by-way.
I commend the dedication of the JTHG Partnership and the many citizens, community leaders, and elected officials who worked tirelessly to win this important federal designation that will provide economic benefits to the region and open a wide array of educational, cultural, and environmental activities to future generations of Americans and tourists from across the globe.”
-Congressman Gerry Connolly (VA-11)
Congressman Gerry Connolly (VA-11)
   
“When it comes to a public/private partnership, the Journey Through Hallowed Ground is the benchmark – a model that benefits communities throughout the Commonwealth, along this extraordinary National Scenic Byway, throughout this National Heritage Area, and even across the nation. The mayors, boards of supervisors, and community leaders – they all are to be commended for their forward thinking and commitment.
The Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area is truly the region where American history unfolded. This award demonstrates that it’s where visitors can connect that history to their everyday lives. The VTC is thrilled to be part of the JTHG Partnership. It serves as the perfect example of how localities can work together, share the culture, heritage and beauty of this unparalleled region with visitors from across the globe and in doing so make a sustainable economic difference for those communities.”
-Alisa Bailey, President and CEO of the Virginia Tourism Corporation
Alisa Bailey,  President and CEO of the Virginia Tourism Corporation
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