© 2018 – Routledge
240 pages | 40 B/W Illus.
The reconstruction of landmarks is as old as the heritage conservation movement itself, yet Reconstructing Historic Landmarks is the first book to fully explore the role played by landmark reconstructions within the heritage conservation movement. As interest in heritage continues to grow, physical landmarks can be seen as a means of legitimating the collective memories of a group or community, so much so that when the original fabric or a site or landmark no longer exists, communities have often strived to reconstruct this evidence themselves. Drawing on several dozen case studies of reconstructed landmarks from across the United States and Canada, Reconstructing Historic Landmarks provides a unique perspective on heritage production and the role of the past within an ever-changing present.
The earliest reconstruction projects reflected a nostalgia for the period of European colonization, followed by reconstructions which reflected the identity of the nation states of Canada and the United States. In the mid-twentieth century reconstructions favored the 'frontier' landscape and more recently a counter-narrative has emerged whereby reconstructions are used by sub-national groups to challenge existing ‘heritage’. Reconstructing Historic Landmarks provides a fascinating insight into these shifting concepts of history in North America and will be of considerable interest both to students and scholars of historic preservation and indeed to heritage professionals involved in reconstructions themselves.
1. Introduction 2. A European Frame for the New World 3. Emergent Nations, Official Narratives 4. North and West, Finding the Frontier 5. Subversion and Counter-Narrative