#9. Interpreting Our Connections (Cultural Corridors Track)

November 5, 2015 @ 1:30 pm – 3:15 pm America/Denver Timezone

The cultural corridors of New Mexico are deeply carved through the landscapes of history, art and culture. For centuries, New Mexico roads and trails linking ancient communities also connect architectural landmarks, archaeological sites, artists, businesses, memories, myths and legends. This session will offer innovative cultural heritage tourism strategies that interpret and share rich community resources with visitors and residents alike. Blogger Jon Knudsen will describe his adventures traveling by bicycle and using the new “Off the Road” website as his guide. Kathy Hendrickson has touched an unheralded tour theme in the legacy of Fred Harvey and the Santa Fe Railroad. Mike Pitel shares a lifetime of experience offering tours of the “Mother Road” on Route 66, and Carol Cooper shares her pioneering work in creating the popular New Mexico Fiber Arts Trail.


Jon Knudsen, blogger, bike rider, writer, traveler, and retired teacher

Kathy Hendrickson, Owner / Operator, Southwest Detours, Las Vegas, NM

Mike Pitel, Founder, TravelSource New Mexico

Carol Cooper, arts and culture consultant


Elmo Baca, New Mexico MainStreet Program Associate