Historic Preservation Newsletter, Fall 2008
A short list of new books on Amazon
by Duane Dietz, ASLA

The Olmsted National Historic Site and the Growth of Historic Landscape Preservation, by David Grayson Allen. Northeastern, November 2007.

From Editorial Reviews/Product Description: “David Grayson Allen chronicles the creation and development of the Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline, Massachusetts, which opened in 1979 after nearly a decade of struggle and controversy and now welcomes thousands of visitors and researchers every year. The Site's history is emblematic of the evolving role that landscape architecture plays in modern American lives and reflects the stunning transformation that has taken place within the National Park Service itself within the last quarter century.”

The Golden Age of Battlefield Preservation: The Decade of the 1890's and the Establishment of America's First Five Military Parks, by Timothy B. Smith. University of Tennessee Press, February 2008.

Historic Preservation Technology: A Primer, by Robert A. Young. Wiley, March 2008.  

Editorial Reviews/Product Description: “This introduction to historic preservation goes well beyond the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation and shows how wood, stone, masonry, and metal were used in the past and how adaptive re-use can be employed to bring modern amenities to historic structures. The book covers all aspects of the exterior and interior building fabric, including windows, roofing, doors, porches, and electrical and mechanical systems for both residential and small-scale commercial buildings. Richly illustrated with photographs showing typical elements of historic buildings, decay mechanisms, and remediation techniques, the book also contains a variety of useful case studies and features a companion Website that offers dozens of additional images and resources.”

Cultural Landscapes: Balancing Nature and Heritage in Preservation Practice, Richard Longstreth, editor. University Of Minnesota Press, April 2008.

Editorial Reviews/Product Description: “Preservation has traditionally focused on saving prominent buildings of historical or architectural significance. Preserving cultural landscapes-the combined fabric of the natural and man-made environments-is a relatively new and often misunderstood idea among preservationists, but it is of increasing importance. The essays collected in this volume-case studies that include the Little Tokyo neighborhood in Los Angeles, the Cross Bronx Expressway, and a rural island in Puget Sound-underscore how this approach can be fruitfully applied. Together, they make clear that a cultural landscape perspective can be an essential underpinning for all historic preservation projects.”  
Edited by Richard Longstreth, professor of American civilization and director of the graduate program in historic preservation at George Washington University.  Contributors: Susan Calafate Boyle, National Park Service; Susan Buggey, University of Montreal; Michael Caratzas, Landmarks Preservation Commission (NYC); Courtney P. Fint, West Virginia Historic Preservation Office; Heidi Hohmann, Iowa State University; Hillary Jenks, USC; Randall Mason, University of Pennsylvania; Robert Z. Melnick, University of Oregon; Nora Mitchell, National Park Service; Julie Riesenweber, University of Kentucky; Nancy Rottle, University of Washington; Bonnie Stepenoff, Southeast Missouri State University.

Fort Stanwix National Monument: Reconstructing the Past and Partnering for the Future, by Joan M. Zenzen. State University of New York Press, April 2008.

Editorial Reviews/From the Back Cover:  “This book looks at the history of Fort Stanwix and documents how the people of Rome, New York, partnered with the National Park Service to create Fort Stanwix National Monument, a reconstructed log-and-sod Revolutionary War fort located in the center of the city. Initially undertaken as part of Rome's urban renewal effort to revive a failing economy through tourism, the fort's reconstruction exemplifies how a regional interest successfully engaged the National Park Service in achieving its goals.”

The Heritage Game: Economics, Policy, and Practiceby Alan Peacock .  Oxford University Press, USA, May 2008.

Editorial Reviews/Product Description: “A notable feature in cultural life is the growing demand to preserve and promote public access to historical buildings and sites, and artistic treasures of the past. Governments are increasingly involved in financing and regulating private attempts to meet this growing demand as well as extending their own provision of these treasures in state and locally owned museums and galleries. These developments raise important issues about the scope, content, and relevance of heritage policies in today's world. Written by two leading figures in the field of cultural economics, this authoritative book focuses on the impact of economic analysis on the formulation and implementation of heritage policy.”

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