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Heritage Tourism: One of my passions

Updated on September 7, 2014

Dr. Bill has a passion for Heritage Tourism and more

Heritage Tourism encompasses many of my interests, based on my interest in family, family history, genealogy, the historic context of my ancestors and an appreciation of our natural environment (having been born and raised on a farm).

I have also published four family saga novels, to date, and five non-fiction family history related books. I also write multiple series of historical fiction family saga stories on HubPages.

I write for Examiner.com regularly as: Ozark Cultural Heritage Examiner, Springfield Genealogy Examiner, and Springfield Heritage Tourism Examiner.

I have creating lenses on Squidoo that have now been transferred to HubPages and am developing an interest in Pinterest. I have been creating web pages since 1995 on one platform or another. I was an early County Coordinator for the USGenWeb project, for example.

I chose the photo, here, from Wikimedia Commons, to represent my Heritage - this statue stands in Salem, Massachusetts; this is Roger Conant, a founder of Salem, and my ninth Great-Grandfather. The statue stands near the Salem Witch Trial Museum; though he had been deceased for a number of years by that time and was not involved in that activity. He is probably my most famous ancestor. My daughters have traveled to Salem; it is still on my wish list. ;-)

What do you think? - Privy on the Mountain - just a fascinating photo! ;-)

Privy on the Mountain - just a fascinating photo!  ;-)
Privy on the Mountain - just a fascinating photo! ;-)
"Back to the Homeplace"
"Back to the Homeplace"

Back to the Homeplace - A family saga novel

Author: William Leverne Smith

This family story is set in the southern Missouri Ozarks in 1987 on a farm near a small, rural community. The original land was settled in 1833, and the same family has owned the land for over 150 years. To insure the land that has been accumulated is not split up among her four children, Mildred (McDonald) Bevins leaves an unusual, video will.

While the four siblings seek to learn what their inheritances will be, the younger generation is more interested in love and acceptance. These conflicts lead to some unexpected consequences... will they all come "back to the homeplace?"

http://thehomeplaceseries.blogspot.com/p/homeplace...

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"The Homeplace Revisited"
"The Homeplace Revisited"

"The Homeplace Revisited"

Author: William Leverne Smith

"The Homeplace Revisited" follows "Back to the Homeplace" by nine years, it is 1996. This novel shares the story of Christopher and Jennifer as they return from college with their professional degrees to seek their place in the family business operations and relationships.

Love stories, family history, and current conflicts intertwine in this continuing story of a family in a small town with roots going back over 150 years.

Click on the photo to activate a link to more details.

The second book in the series

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Useful link related to the novels above

The link below takes you to the Official Blog that is the home of "The Homeplace Saga" that supports each of the novels mentioned, as well as applicable HubPages articles, a development wiki and other related information.

Link to non-fiction family history books - Author: Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith

There is one "how-to" book and four family history books. Be sure to check out the 13 ways book... ;-)

Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories
Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories

Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories

This is a screen shot of the blog one day when I was reporting on the 1940 US Census images... ;-)

Heritage Tourism links of interest

My articles related to Heritage Tourism now all reside here on HubPages. Simply go to my Profile here, and look for the states in which you may have interests. I've not yet done all of the states, but will continue to add them as I have time. Thank you for your interest.

I welcome your comments on this article - Thanks in advance for your feedback

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    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @dellgirl: That is why that photo is there, for sure! ;-)

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      dellgirl 

      5 years ago

      What a great lens, itâs so full of interesting information. That outhouse photo is interesting too, brings back a lot of childhood memories. Thank you for sharing.

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      RinchenChodron 

      6 years ago

      Nice to get to know you better Bill. I actually went to college in Missouri, but live in Colorado now. Great about me lens.

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      6 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Deadicated LM: Yes, it is in Salem. Next door to Witch Museum... on connection; he had died by that time... ;-)

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      Deadicated LM 

      6 years ago

      The statue in Salem is Roger Conant, correct?

      I love Salem, been there at least 3 times; there's a mindblowing amount of history there, it's truly one of my favorite places to visit.

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      William Leverne Smith 

      6 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @LiteraryMind: What do you think?? ;-) Thanks for stopping by and participating! ;-)

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      Ellen Gregory 

      6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Nice lens. So if there is a hole in the bottom of the outhouse and it's on the edge of the hill, would anyone want to be at the bottom of that hill?

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      William Leverne Smith 

      6 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @WriterJanis2: How is that any different? ;-)

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      WriterJanis2 

      6 years ago

      Very nice lens. Have you considered doing a Squidoo lensography lens?

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      William Leverne Smith 

      6 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @anonymous: Goat Peak, in Washington state... ;-)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Me, too. I think I could tip that thing over, by myself. Where is it, again?

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      William Leverne Smith 

      6 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @ArtByLinda: Agreed. When I saw it, I just could not pass it up... first for a related ("blew the privy over") blog post from my mother's 75 years ago diary entry, and then here! Thanks for the angel blessing, as well! ;-) Really appreciated! ;-)

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      Linda Hoxie 

      6 years ago from Idaho

      I love that old antique outhouse photo, very interesting lens. Blessings to you!

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      6 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @Aquavel: Thank you very much. I hope to keep creating useful and interesting lenses! I just love that statue! ;-)

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      Aquavel 

      6 years ago

      This a spectacular lens with stunning images. I look forward to exploring some of these links and reading your articles, stories, books! BTW, that is quite the statue! I've been to Salem and to Witch Trial Museum, although it was many years ago.

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