This year, the Ohio Local History Alliance is excited to welcome Dr. Dan Shilling as our keynote speaker to the 2012 Annual Meeting and Conference! The author of Civic Tourism: The Poetry & Politics of Place, Dr. Shilling works with communities to reframe the role of tourism as an enabler of healthy place-making, not only an economic tool. In addition to economic development, tourism can help communities preserve cultures, protect the environment, save historic districts, encourage citizen participation, and, in general, foster a healthier quality of life. Dan Shilling has researched, written about, and practiced alternative forms of tourism since the 1990s, and spent nearly 15 years as the Director of the Arizona Humanities council, where he wrote extensively on heritage tourism. For more on civic tourism in Dan’s own words, check out this great interview with him in Legacy Magazine. We hope to see you in October!