Keeping Time: The History and Theory of Preservation in America / Edition 3

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The historic preservation movement has had a huge influence on America's built landscape for the past thirty years. Discover the cornerstone primer on the topic — Keeping Time. This edition features a wealth of new material, including new chapters on preservation values in oral-based cultures, international preservation, and future developments in the field. In addition, you'll find a clear, concise survey of preservation movement s history, complete with:
• Helpful coverage of the theory and practice driving the movement.
• Expanded material on landscape preservation.
• New information on scientific conservation, cultural corridors, and historic tourism. Numerous informative photographs illustrating the book's content. Order your copy of this fundamental volume for tomorrow's historic preservationists today.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Since 1812, when architect Robert Mills drew up plans for rebuilding the steeple of Independence Hall, the impulse to preserve historic American sites and buildings has snowballed. Today tens of thousands of buildings and some 5000 historic districts are recognized by the federally coordinated National Register of Historic Places. In part an illustrated historical survey, in part a handbook for civic activists, this primer by the first Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places traces the shift in the preservation movement from the restoration of isolated landmarks and houses where ``Washington slept,'' to an emphasis on outdoor museums Old Salem, N.C.; Sturbridge Village, Mass. and, in recent years, a concern for the neighborhood in which a building stands. Through a case study of the Historic Savannah Foundation, which has saved some 1000 buildings in that city, Murtagh illustrates how the public can treat the built environment as a conservable national resource. September
Library Journal
This one-volume introduction to the history and philosophy of preservation in America moves from the private sector's early concern for saving patriotic sites to extensive governmental activity and the legal and economic dimensions of a growth industry. Broad-ranging chapters treat terminology, outdoor museums, historic districts, adaptive use, landscape preservation, and case studies for successful programs; appendixes include selections of important federal legislation and the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation. A recommended short history particularly useful for introductory courses and for laypersons concerned with preservation issues in their communities. Douglas G. Birdsall, North Dakota State Univ. Lib., Fargo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471473770
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/26/2005
  • Series: Wiley Desktop Editions Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 648,216
  • Product dimensions: 6.91 (w) x 9.78 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

WILLIAM J. MURTAGH has held pivotal positions in the field of historic preservation for almost fifty years. He served as the first keeper of the National Register of Historic Places, Department of the Interior; and was vice president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and president of the Victorian Society in America. He directed the preservation program at Columbia University and initiated preservation programs at the University of Maryland and the University of Hawaii. He is a founding and active member of the Preservation Roundtable in Washington, D.C.

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Table of Contents


Preface to the Previous Edition.


Chapter 1. The Language of Preservation.

Chapter 2. The Preservation Movement and the Private CitizenBefore World War II.

Chapter 3. The Preservation Movement and the National Trust forHistoric Preservation.

Chapter 4. Government and the Preservation Movement.

Chapter 5. Government and Preservation Since World War II.

Chapter 6. The Historic Room and House Museum.

Chapter 7. Outdoor Museums.

Chapter 8. Historic Districts.

Chapter 9. Rehabilitation and Adaptive Use.

Chapter 10. Landscape Preservation.

Chapter 11. Rural and Small Town Preservation.

Chapter 12. Archaeology.

Chapter 13. Preservation Values in Oral Based Cultures.

Chapter 14. Preservation in Practice.

Chapter 15. International Preservation.

Epilogue: And What of the Future?

Appendix A: Selected Federal Legislation.

Appendix B: The National Register's Criteria forEvaluation.

Appendix C: The Secretary of the Interior's Standards forRehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitating HistoricBuildings.

Appendix D: Preservation Resources.



Illustration Credits.


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  • Posted April 10, 2010

    Keeping Time is great for understand the legislative history of preservation in the United States.

    The general public, for many year (decades), has believed that the business of "preservation" in this country has and should fall to the little old gray haired ladies in sneakers. Bill Murtagh, in this book, follows the development of serious preservation and conservation through its government support by tracing the legislative history.

    For those you are beginners to the jargon, his explanation of distinctive language for the business of preserving historic structures is very good.

    If you are an expert in this field, you may not find much new here, but it is a good book for those who wish to learn about the profession. I often require reading from this books in my courses.

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