Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration on Thursday unveiled a plan intended to direct drivers from the New York State Thruway to historical sites along the way.
The new project will include the installation of new signs and information kiosks along the 570-mile highway system, designed to detail parts of the state’s history and drive tourism to local museums and other attractions.
The kiosks and a website will be used to lay out custom “Path Through History” tours, which would lay out different sites near the Thruway related to certain historical topics, such as the Civil War and the women’s rights movement.
“It’s a really exciting concept, and it can work in all sorts of ways. It’s economic development, it’s also education,” Cuomo told his cabinet at a meeting Thursday. “For people who spend as much time on the Thruway as this group does, you learn something besides where the McDonald’s are.”
The Cuomo administration did not identify a timeline for implementing the new signs and kiosks. A task force of historians — including Robert Harris of Cornell University and Lisa Keller of SUNY Purchase — will help identify what types of historical sites and events should be highlighted.