The Mythic Mississippi Project seeks to help communities in downstate Illinois deploy their cultural heritage as attractions for tourism and for tourism to be an engine of economic and social development in these rural communities. Toward that end we are proposing themed tourism routes that link towns. We have identified coal mining history, the French colonial period, African-American sites, Native American sites, and Mormon and German heritage as potentially viable for scripting and presentation in these routes. The project is at early stage, having begun in May. Already we can see routes that seem headed for success and other routes that are going to be more difficult for a range of reasons.
Silverman, Helaine I., "Mythic Mississippi Project: Developing Cultural Heritage for Economic Development in Downstate Ilinois" (2019). Public Heritage Lecture Series. 2.