The brainstorming meeting was run by Renaissance on Main Director Cindy Sholar and was attended by state Sen. Ken Winters and Michael Pape, district director for Congressman Ed Whitfield, who were to give the group advice on pursuing their goal.
Sholar began the meeting by pointing out that so-called heritage tourism is a $12-billion-a-year industry.
“We just want our part of it,” she said.
Throughout the meeting, attendees were reminded of Trigg County’s eclectic history — of its tobacco and the thousands of slaves who harvested it, of the Underground Railroad on which some of those slaves escaped, of moonshine and Golden Pond and of the Native Americans who preceded it all.
As ideas were traded about what the Center would cover, Sen. Winters reminded the group to start at the beginning.
“You’re going to have to know what to call yourself before you can ask for money,” he said.
It was agreed that the group would quickly attempt to buy the rights to several different names, including the Western Kentucky Cultural Heritage Center.
A recurring theme of the meeting was that Cadiz is hardly the only community in Western Kentucky attempting to begin such a center.
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