Derby Historical Society focuses on heritage area
DERBY - Historian Marian O'Keefe and Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce President Bill Purcell said Sunday the community needs to support the idea of having the Naugatuck River Valley designated as a National Heritage Area.
The two addressed the annual meeting of the Derby Historical Society at First Congregational Church.
O'Keefe said the 39-mile stretch would include 14 communities from Torrington in the Litchfield Hills to Shelton, where the Naugatuck River flows into the Housatonic River.
In 2004 Healthy Valley, a grassroots initiative, started a campaign to get the designation from the National Park Service.
Purcell quoted Healthy Valley co-chairs Judy Augusta and Pat Tarasovic whose mantra is "If you want to be a National Heritage Area, you have to act like one."
He said there are two National Heritage Area designations in Connecticut, The Last Green Valley in Eastern Connecticut and Weir Farm National Historic Site located in Wilton and Ridgefield.
For information on Healthy Valley, visit www.valleycouncil.org or call 203-926-9478.