Historic sites celebrate defining moments in history, memorialize important events and people, and contribute to the character of the locations where they are situated. Heritage designation, both globally and nationally, is an inherently contested issue. As detailed in this volume, concerns of politics and identity, criteria for designation, impacts on communities and sites, and challenges to management planning are central to any understanding of the process by which heritage sites are created, developed, and maintained.
The idea for this volume originated at a symposium hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design. Contributors address such topics as the need to revamp criteria for designation, the effect historic site recognition has on local communities, the challenges encountered in maintaining a site, and issues linked to specific political climates or actions and group identity.
The contributors constitute an international cast of leading scholars, employees, and policy-makers, all of whom have had extensive experience with World Heritage and National Register site stewardship. The work will be an invaluable reference for historians, architects, and those committed to the preservation of national monuments.
Celeste Lovette Guichard
I. New Considerations for Historic Designation Criteria
1. The Psychedelic Assisi in the Southern Pines: Pasaquan, Visionary-Art Environments, and the National Register of Historic Places
Keith S. Hebert
2. A Methodological Framework for Assessing the "Spirit and Feeling" of World Heritage Properties
Jeremy C. Wells
3. Remixing Heritage: How the Sacred Grove of a Nigerian River Deity Became a UNESCO World Heritage Site
II. Designation and Its Effect on Communities and Sites
4. World Heritage and a National Register: The Canadian Experience
5. World Heritage Status in America: The View from Monticello
Justin A. Sarafin
6. "This House Is Historic?": Everyday Workings of National Register Designation in New Orleans's New Marigny Historic District
7. The Buddhist Stupa at Bauddhanath: A World Heritage Site under Pressure
8. The Case of Harry S. Truman Historic District, National Historic Landmark: Catalyst for Community Preservation or Community Confrontation?
Jon E. Taylor
III. Challenges to Successful Management Plans
9. Conserving World Heritage Cities
10. A Preliminary Report on the Recent Excavations in the Valley of the Kings
11. Documentation and Policy Making: Preserving the Built Heritage or the Life Within?
12. The Role of Architectural Treatises in Enriching Information on Built Heritage
Vinay Mohan Das
13. Heritage and Identity: Nesting Intuitive Stewardship within the Management Strategies for World Heritage Sites
Jocelyn M. Widmer
14. National Historic Landmarks, World Heritage Sites, and the American University Campus in the Twenty-First Century: The Challenge of Growth
Paul Hardin Kapp
IV. Politics, Identity, and Historic Site Registration
15. The Case for Savannah as a World Heritage Site
16. The Terrace of the Foreign Gods, Serapieion C, and the Meaning of World Heritage at the Archaeological Site of Delos
Patricia A. Butz
17. Czech Heritage since 1945: Sequestration and Preservation under Communism
Cathleen M. Giustino
18. Balancing the Ideological Pendulum in National -Heritage: Cultural Politics in the Management of Japanese Colonial Heritage in Modern Korea
Jong Hyun Lim