What is it about?
Do leisure involvement, object-based and existential authenticity, host sincerity and engagement stimulate positive memorable visitor experiences?
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Why is it important?
We respond this questions in a distinctive commercial hospitality setting: a living history site. Living history sites, situated within the broader museum classification, are core components of destination tourism portfolios. The concepts of authenticity and sincerity consistently emerge in studies of consumption experiences in hospitality and tourism.
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This page is a summary of: Making memories: a consumer-based model of authenticity applied to living history sites, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, August 2021, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/ijchm-12-2020-1467.
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The Largest Living History Museum in New York State
Genesee Country Village & Museum... was founded in 1966 with the goal of preserving the architecture of the Genesee Valley region in a recreated historic village, providing context for the telling of New York State and 19th-century American history. The Museum now covers 600 acres and includes the Historic Village, the John L. Wehle Gallery, and the Genesee Country Nature Center, all of which provide interactive programs, fascinating exhibits, and special events to help you live and experience history. GCV&M is the largest and most comprehensive living history museum in New York State – and the third-largest in the United States. Chartered as an educational institution by the NYS Board of Regents, the Museum offers opportunities to see, smell, taste, touch, explore, and experience our 68 historic buildings; more than 20,000 artifacts; wildlife paintings, drawings and sculpture spanning centuries; the living collections in our gardens, on our working farm and at our Nature Center; and the gorgeous landscape that first brought settlers to this region.
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