• July 2015

Cate Magennis Wyatt Takes Us on a "Journey Through Hallowed Ground"

Bringing visitors to the hallowed ground where the Founding Fathers and Mothers lived is the focus of most of the Grateful American™ Series. So it is pleasure today to be with Cate Magennis Wyatt, founder and president of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership.

This is a National Heritage Area running from Gettysburg, PA, through Maryland and West Virginia, to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville, VA. The historical land, stretching 180 miles long and 75 miles wide, includes nine presidential homes and birthplaces, more than 10,000 sites on the National Register of Historic Places, and sites from the Revolutionary War, French-Indian War, War of 1812, and the Civil War. This historic region is home not only to beautiful homes, charming towns, and battlefields, but also to 13 of the nation’s 400 national parks.

Grateful American™ Radio Show hosts David Bruce Smith and Hope Katz Gibbs took a trip to the heart of the Hallowed Ground to interview the organization’s president, Cate Magennis Wyatt.

In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • Wyatt’s background has been dynamic indeed. After being the youngest vice president within both Xerox Realty and Weston Capital Corporation, she left the private sector to serve in the public sector as the secretary of commerce and trade for the Commonwealth of Virginia within Gov. Doug Wilder’s Cabinet. She later was appointed co-chair of the Defense Conversion Commission with Gen. John Loh. And, after serving in the Cabinet, she created Remington International, where she created businesses in London, Moscow, and Kazakhstan. What made her take a leave of absence to create the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership?
  • Since then, her nonprofit, four-state partnership has been dedicated to raising awareness of the unparalleled American heritage in the region. Why did Cate Magennis Wyatt feel the necessity to create the organization? And what are her mission and goals?
  • She is now adding to that greenery. As a living tribute to the 620,000 Americans who died during the Civil War, the nonprofit Living Legacy Tree Planting Project will plant 620,000 trees along the National Scenic Byway, commemorating the lives lost from both armies. Learn more about that project — and more!

Download the podcast now!

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