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Historic Chattahoochee Commission
Alabama state representative Bill Neville and Alabama state senator Jimmy Clark conceived the idea for the HCC as a
In 1978 the Georgia General Assembly and the Alabama legislature passed identical legislation to establish an interstate compact for the operation of the commission. Final approval of the Historic Chattahoochee Compact came in October 1978, when the same bill cleared the U.S. Congress and U.S. president Jimmy Carter signed it into law. The HCC is the first and only tourism/preservation agency in the nation officially sanctioned to cross state lines in the pursuit of goals common to all member counties.
The HCC has an award-winning publication program, which has produced twenty-eight titles since 1974 on regional subjects relating to art, history, architecture, archaeology, and tourism.
In 1978 the HCC initiated a historical marker program to assist local organizations in placing roadside plaques that commemorate important people, buildings, places, and events in the Chattahoochee Trace region. To date, more than 270 historical markers have been erected. That same
In 1988 the HCC assembled a Chattahoochee Trace Heritage Education Unit to be used by schools, history or historic preservation groups, and libraries. The four-part audio-visual unit is designed to help adults and students interpret social, political, and economic changes through domestic architectural styles. It traces the evolution of our residential built environment from the log cabin to the mobile home.
A seed-grant fund annually provides matching-grant monies to various regional groups for worthy tourism and preservation projects. Other projects focus on brochure distribution, television and magazine advertising, travel writer familiarization tours, and awards, in addition to assistance on tourism and preservation-related subjects.
The HCC publishes a quarterly newsletter and a monthly calendar, which are available upon request. The organization received a Governor's Award in the Humanities in 1993.
Joe Cook and Monica Cook, River Song: A Journey down the Chattahoochee and Apalachicola Rivers (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2000).
D. Gregory Jeane and Douglas Clare Purcell, eds., The Architectural Legacy of the Lower Chattahoochee Valley in Alabama and Georgia (Tuscaloosa: Published for the Historic Chattahoochee Commission by the University of Alabama Press, 1978).
Douglas Clare Purcell, Historic Chattahoochee Commission
A project of the Georgia Humanities Council, in partnership with the University of Georgia Press, the University System of Georgia/GALILEO, and the Office of the Governor.