The themes tell the Heritage Area’s important stories.  The thematic framework is broad and comprehensive to tell the full story and to embrace the full range of potential interpretive sites and resources within the Susquehanna Heritage Area.

The themes range from the natural history of the landscape to the industrial history for which the Greater Binghamton region is well known.  They span a broad period of time, from the geological formation of the landforms, to early Native American occupation, to settlement by Europeans, to the growth of cities.  The themes pertain to the entire landscape of the heritage area, including the rural areas, crossroads villages, and urban centers.

Each community and interpretive site within the heritage area should identify the themes which best convey the ideas associated with their stories and resources.  Every community and every site should be able to find its place in the Susquehanna Heritage Area.