Much of what is profoundly American-what people love about America-has come from the Delta, which is often called "the cradle of American culture."
--Stories of the Delta, National Park Service Lower Mississippi Delta Symposium
The Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area is an 18 county region in northwest Mississippi. Created in Congress in 2009, the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area seeks to protect, preserve and enhance the cultural resources and living traditions of a region rich with the Blues, food, cotton, civil rights and the Mississippi River.
Working as part of an interdisciplinary team under the direction of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Hanbury Preservation Consulting helped develop the inaugural management plan for the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area. A two year planning process required close collaboration with the larger consulting team and regular reporting to an advisory board. Hanbury Preservation Consulting gathered data through site visits, stakeholder interviews, surveys, public meetings and review of plans and policy documents from non-profit and governmental agencies. After conducting research and analysis, Hanbury Preservation Consulting drafted the historic preservation component of the plan and coordinated the inventory for cultural resources.