Preservation And Preservation Of Preservation

1663 WordsSep 23, 20157 Pages
Why do societies, cultures, and countries preserve historical landmarks or buildings and what constitutes a building important enough for preservation? Is it to preserve a culture or is it to remember those that came before the present generation? One can define preservation as the restoration of a landmark or building in the present era to its original historical state. In Historic Preservation: Caring for Our Expanding Legacy author Michael A. Tomlan gives the example of David E. Finley’s attempts to get the eighteenth-century mansion the “Hampton” to be accepted as a historical site by the National Park Service. With Finley’s efforts to have this mansion preserved, he also proposed to the National Park Service to have the former home…show more content…
The act of preservation allows the people that make up a society to remember their heritage and to understand the society’s past. Through this remembrance of the past, it inspires its residents not only to restore these structures, but it influences them to take an active role in the local government. With the preserving of these landmarks and buildings, the society has saved the past, allowing it to be carried on for the future generations of the society. Preservation creates a personality in a society that connects the residents together. Through this connection, a further move for preservation is generated which can lead to the restoration of historical structures. This restoration of the society can promote a renewal bringing in businesses and tourists into the community giving the society and its members a sense of stability and rejuvenation. Preservation also helps society’s economy, which is another great contributor to why the public preserves its historical districts. Once historically preserved, the communities’ major goal is not to preserve each structure and site, but to alleviate the area, as seen in
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