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Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area

Susquehanna Heritage is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization connecting people to the Susquehanna River and its history as it flows through Lancaster and York Counties in Central Pennsylvania. 

Mission
Susquehanna Heritage enhances our region’s quality of life and economic vitality by promoting the preservation, conservation and interpretation of the Susquehanna River’s cultural and natural heritage. 

We advance our mission by building public awareness and understanding of the Susquehanna’s value to our region, state and nation and preserving and enhancing the river’s assets for the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike. 

Our work is based at The John & Kathryn Zimmerman Center for Heritage, an historic home on the riverfront south of Wrightsville. We are part of HeritagePA, Pennsylvania’s statewide network of designated Heritage Areas, and are working towards recognition by Congress as a National Heritage Area.

History
Susquehanna  Heritage , originally known as the Lancaster-York Heritage Region, was designated as an official Pennsylvania Heritage Area by Governor Tom Ridge in August 2001. State designation resulted from an extensive, locally-driven community involvement process in the late 1990’s, with grant support from the Pennsylvania Heritage Areas Program. 

Feasibility Study – The Lancaster and York County Boards of Commissioners, together with the region’s county Planning Commissions, Convention and Visitors Bureaus and the York County Chamber of Commerce, sponsored the original 1999 Lower Susquehanna Heritage Area Feasibility Study. The Feasibility Study determined that Lancaster and York Counties possessed the cultural, natural, and recreational resources needed to successfully interpret one or more aspects of Pennsylvania heritage and provided evidence of organizational capacity to implement regional heritage development initiatives.

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