Visits to historic sites rising in U.S.Breaking News
tags: historic sites, humanities, public history
Updated findings show:
In 2017, 28% of American adults reported visiting a historic site in the previous year—an increase of 4.4 percentage points from 2012, and a reversal of a decades-long downward trend.
Visitation rates have been converging among Americans of various ages, but college graduates remain substantially more likely to visit historic sites than those with lower levels of education.
Since hitting a recent low in visits in 1995, total visits to historic sites managed by the National Park Service increased 58% to a high of 120.3 million in 2016, before falling 7%, to 111.9 million visits in 2018.
As of 2017, approximately half of Americans with a bachelor’s degree had read a work of history in the past year, as compared to less than 35% of Americans with only a high school education.
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