Preserving Historic New England

Preserving Historic New England : Preservation, Progressivism, and the Remaking of Memory

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By the first twenty years of the twentieth century, the memory of old-time New England was in danger. Professor Lindgren examines the work of the Preservation Movement, focusing on the conflict between tradition-bound Yankees on one side, and the joint foes of immigrants, radicals, and Colonial Revival movements on the other. He looks into the meaning of preserved artefacts and sites, and links their preservation to campaigns that were aimed at Americanizing immigrants and establishing cultural more

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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 160.8 x 241.8 x 19.8mm | 656.9g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • halftones
  • 0195093631
  • 9780195093636

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James Lindgren tells this fascinating story well and in impeccable detail. His chief, and considerable, contribution to the fast-growing field Heritage Studies is to provide the historical context informing the acts of preservation. His is one of the few books in the field to treat conservation as ideology rather than an episode in the history of taste. As a model for emulation it cannot be too highly recommended. * Chris Miele, Historical Analysis and Research Team, English Heritage, IJHS 3 (2) *show more

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During a period when the Colonial Revival and progressive movements held sway, Yankees asserted their influence through campaigns to redefine the meaning of their Anglo-American forebears. As part of the reaction, the modern preservation movement was founded by William Sumner Appleton, Jr., a privileged, old-blooded Bostonian. Resisting not simply this avalanche of change but the amateurish romanticism of fellow antiquaries, Appleton founded the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities in 1910. While examining the SPNEA in the context of progressivism, Preserving Historic New England focuses on its redefinition of preservation to fit the methodology of science, the economy of capitalism, and the aestheticism of architecture. In so doing, preservation not only became a profession defined by those male worlds, but it also remade Yankee memory to accord with the modern corporate more

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