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Museums, Monuments, and National Parks

Author : Denise D. Meringolo
Publisher : Univ of Massachusetts Press
Release : 2012
Category : History
ISBN : 9781558499409

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Book Museums, Monuments, and National Parks Description/Summary:

The rapid expansion of the field of public history since the 1970s has led many to believe that it is a relatively new profession. In this book, Denise D. Meringolo shows that the roots of public history actually reach back to the nineteenth century, when the federal government entered into the work of collecting and preserving the nation's natural and cultural resources. Yet it was not until the emergence of the education-oriented National Park Service history program in the 1920s and 1930s that public history found an institutional home. Even then, tensions between administrators in Washington and practitioners on the ground at National Parks, monuments, and museums continued to redefine the scope and substance of the field. The process of definition persists to this day as public historians establish a growing presence in major universities throughout the United States and abroad. Book jacket.

Natural Museums

Author : Kathy S. Mason
Publisher : MSU Press
Release : 2004-08-31
Category : History
ISBN : 9780870139352

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In 1872, the world’s first national park was founded at Yellowstone. Although ideas of nature conservation were not embraced generally by the American public, five more parks were created before the turn of the century. By 1916, the year that the National Park Service was born, the country could boast of fourteen national parks, including such celebrated areas as Yosemite and Sequoia. Kathy Mason demonstrates that Congress, park superintendents, and the American public were forming general, often tacit notions of the parks’ purpose before the new bureau was established. Although the Park Service recently has placed some emphasis on protecting samples of North America’s ecosystems, the earliest national parks were viewed as natural museums—monuments to national grandeur that would edify visitors. Not only were these early parks to preserve monumental and unique natural attractions, but they also had to be of no use to mining, lumbering, agriculture, and other “productive” industries. Natural Museums examines the notions of park monumentalism, “worthlessness,” and national significance, as well as the parks’ roles as wilderness preserves and recreational centers.

National Parks and the Woman's Voice

Author : Polly Welts Kaufman
Publisher : UNM Press
Release : 2006
Category : Nature
ISBN : 0826339948

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Book National Parks and the Woman's Voice Description/Summary:

In this updated study, Polly Kaufman discovers that staff are no longer able to fulfill the National Park Service mission without outside support.

America's National Park System

Author : Lary M. Dilsaver
Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
Release : 2016-02-18
Category : Science
ISBN : 9781442256842

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Book America's National Park System Description/Summary:

Now in a fully updated edition, this invaluable reference work is a fundamental resource for scholars, students, conservationists, and citizens interested in America's national park system. The extensive collection of documents illustrates the system's creation, development, and management. The documents include laws that established and shaped the system; policy statements on park management; Park Service self-evaluations; and outside studies by a range of scientists, conservation organizations, private groups, and businesses. A new appendix includes summaries of pivotal court cases that have further interpreted the Park Service mission.

America's National Monuments

Author : Hal Rothman
Publisher : Development of Western Resourc
Release : 1989
Category : Political Science
ISBN : IND:30000042224588

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Book America's National Monuments Description/Summary:

Rothman traces the evolution of federal preservation. He shows how laws, policies, personalities, personal and bureaucratic rivalries, and a changing cultural climate affected preservation efforts. he illustrates how the national park system has functioned and changed over the years as public officials have tried to implements federal policy at the grassroots level.

Baggy Explores White Sands

Author : Pamela Dickson
Publisher : Mascot Books
Release : 2020-06-02
Category : Uncategorized
ISBN : 1645434028

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Book Baggy Explores White Sands Description/Summary:

What better way to see National Parks and Monuments than to camp with your family? In this book, Baggy and his family travel to White Sands Missile Range, White Sands National Monument, and Oliver Lee State Park to explore museums, monuments, and hiking available in the areas. A fun way to learn history and enjoy the great outdoors, this book offers resources and information for your family to plan your next adventure!

Radical Roots

Author : Denise D. Meringolo
Publisher : Amherst College
Release : 2021-11-17
Category : History
ISBN : 1943208204

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Book Radical Roots Description/Summary:

While all history has the potential to be political, public history is uniquely so: public historians engage in historical inquiry outside the bubble of scholarly discourse, relying on social networks, political goals, practices, and habits of mind that differ from traditional historians. Radical Roots: Public History and a Tradition of Social Justice Activism theorizes and defines public history as future-focused, committed to the advancement of social justice, and engaged in creating a more inclusive public record. Edited by Denise D. Meringolo and with contributions from the field's leading figures, this groundbreaking collection addresses major topics such as museum practices, oral history, grassroots preservation, and community-based learning. It demonstrates the core practices that have shaped radical public history, how they have been mobilized to promote social justice, and how public historians can facilitate civic discourse in order to promote equality.

50 States

Author : Eric Peterson
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2018
Category : United States
ISBN : 164030455X

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Book 50 States Description/Summary:

50 States 500 Places to Visit takes you on a tour through the best sights and attractions in every state across the country. Organized by region, and includes full-color photos of sights from all 50 states. Sights include museums, monuments, national parks, beaches, battlefields, buildings, and can't-miss cities. You'll discover dinosaur bones at Montana's Museum of the Rockies, explore Elfreth's Alley in Philadelphia (the oldest residential street in America), and visit the antebellum mansions along Louisiana's Great River Road (also known as Plantation Alley). Hardcover, 144 pages

Building the Nation

Author : Heather Selma Gregg
Publisher : Potomac Books
Release : 2018-12-01
Category : Political Science
ISBN : 9781640121409

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Book Building the Nation Description/Summary:

Building the Nation draws from foreign-policy reports and interviews with U.S. military officers to investigate recent U.S.-led efforts to “nation-build” in Iraq and Afghanistan. Heather Selma Gregg argues that efforts to nation-build in both countries focused more on what should be called state-building, or how to establish a government, rule of law, security forces, and a viable economy. Considerably less attention was paid to what might truly be called nation-building—the process of developing a sense of shared identity, purpose, and destiny among a population within a state’s borders and popular support for the state and its government. According to Gregg, efforts to stabilize states in the modern world require two key factors largely overlooked in Iraq and Afghanistan: popular involvement in the process of rebuilding the state that gives the population ownership of the process and its results and efforts to foster and strengthen national unity. Gregg offers a hypothetical look at how the United States and its allies could have used a population-centric approach to build viable states in Iraq and Afghanistan, focusing on initiatives that would have given the population buy-in and agency. Moving forward, Gregg proposes a six-step program for state and nation-building in the twenty-first century, stressing that these efforts are as much about how state-building is done as they are about specific goals or programs.

Interpreting the Environment at Museums and Historic Sites

Author : Debra A. Reid,David D. Vail
Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
Release : 2019-09-19
Category : Business & Economics
ISBN : 9781538115503

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Book Interpreting the Environment at Museums and Historic Sites Description/Summary:

Interpreting the Environment at Museums and Historic Sites is for anyone wants to become a better steward of the environment and share lessons learned with others. The book provides a primer on “major problems” in researching about the environment and re-focuses thinking about the environment to thinking from the perspective of place and time.

Our National Monuments

Author : Q. T. Luong
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2021-09-25
Category : Uncategorized
ISBN : 173357607X

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Book Our National Monuments Description/Summary:

From the north woods of Maine to the cactus-filled deserts of Arizona, America's national monuments include vast lands rivaling the national parks in beauty, diversity, and historical heritage. These critically important landscapes, mostly under the Bureau of Land Management supervision, are often under the radar with limited visitor information available yet offer considerable opportunities for solitude and adventure compared to bustling national parks. The Antiquities Act of 1906 gave Presidents the authority to proclaim national monuments as an expedited way to protect areas of natural or cultural significance. Since then, 16 Presidents have used the Antiquities Act to preserve some of America's most treasured public lands and waters. In 2017, an unprecedented Executive Order was issued questioning these designations by calling for the review of 27 national monuments across 11 states and two oceans, opening the threat of development to vulnerable and irreplaceable natural resources. Our National Monuments introduces these spectacular and unique landscapes, in the first book of its kind. Accompanying the collection of scenic photographs is an invaluable guide including maps of each national monument with carefully selected attractions identified and described based on the author's wide-ranging explorations. Our National Monuments invites readers to experience for themselves these lands and learn about the people and cultures who came before, and to whom these lands are still sacred places. QT Luong is one of the most prolific photographers working in America's public lands and the author of Treasured Lands, the best-selling and acclaimed photography book about the national parks. Combining hundreds of his sumptuously printed photographs with essays from citizen conservation associations caring for these national treasures; including a foreword by former Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and photographs of marine national monuments from Ansel Adams award-winning photographer Ian Shive, the comprehensive portrayals of Our National Monuments help readers understand how these essential landscapes are preserving America's past and shaping its future.

Monument Wars

Author : Kirk Savage
Publisher : Univ of California Press
Release : 2011-07-11
Category : Art
ISBN : 9780520271333

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Book Monument Wars Description/Summary:

Kirk Savage explores the National Mall in Washington D.C., site of some of the most important & poignant memorials in the U.S. He shows how the idea of monument has changed over the decades, & how the 19th century concept of the monument has given way to the late 20th century idea of 'space', the monument as an experience.

Interpreting Our Heritage

Author : Freeman Tilden
Publisher : Univ of North Carolina Press
Release : 1967
Category : Social Science
ISBN : 0807840165

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Book Interpreting Our Heritage Description/Summary:

Every year millions of Americans visit national parks and monuments, state and municipal parks, battlefield areas, historic houses, and museums. By means of guided tours, exhibits, and signs, visitors to these areas receive a very special kind of educatio

Accessible Vacations

Author : Simon J Hayhoe
Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
Release : 2021-12-11
Category : Uncategorized
ISBN : 9781538128688

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Book Accessible Vacations Description/Summary:

This book helps readers with access needs visit national parks and visitor centers. It describes a range of techniques and technologies to make visiting easier and shows you what is available for learning through driving, riding, walking, wheeling, or feeling around ten selected national parks.

Natural Museums

Author : Kathy S. Mason
Publisher : MSU Press
Release : 2004-08-31
Category : History
ISBN : UOM:39015060091728

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Book Natural Museums Description/Summary:

In 1872, the world’s first national park was founded at Yellowstone. Although ideas of nature conservation were not embraced generally by the American public, five more parks were created before the turn of the century. By 1916, the year that the National Park Service was born, the country could boast of fourteen national parks, including such celebrated areas as Yosemite and Sequoia. Kathy Mason demonstrates that Congress, park superintendents, and the American public were forming general, often tacit notions of the parks’ purpose before the new bureau was established. Although the Park Service recently has placed some emphasis on protecting samples of North America’s ecosystems, the earliest national parks were viewed as natural museums—monuments to national grandeur that would edify visitors. Not only were these early parks to preserve monumental and unique natural attractions, but they also had to be of no use to mining, lumbering, agriculture, and other “productive” industries. Natural Museums examines the notions of park monumentalism, “worthlessness,” and national significance, as well as the parks’ roles as wilderness preserves and recreational centers.

Observation Points

Author : Thomas Patin
Publisher : U of Minnesota Press
Release : 2012
Category : Art
ISBN : 9780816651450

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Book Observation Points Description/Summary:

A new understanding of visual rhetoric offers unique insights into issues of representation and identity

Crafting Preservation Criteria

Author : John H. Sprinkle, Jr.
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2014-03-05
Category : History
ISBN : 9781136169847

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Book Crafting Preservation Criteria Description/Summary:

In 1966, American historic preservation was transformed by the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act, which created a National Register of Historic Places. Now comprising more than 1.4 million historic properties across the country, the National Register is the official federal list of places in the United States thought to be worthy of preservation. One of the fundamental principles of the National Register is that every property is evaluated according to a standard set of criteria that provide the framework for understanding why a property is significant in American history. The origins of these criteria are important because they provide the threshold for consideration by a broad range of federal preservation programs, from planning for continued adaptive use, to eligibility for grants, and inclusion in heritage tourism and educational programs. Crafting Preservation Criteria sets out these preservation criteria for students, explaining how they got added to the equation, and elucidating the test cases that allowed for their use. From artworks to churches, from 'the fifty year rule' to 'the historic scene', students will learn how places have been historically evaluated to be placed on the National Register, and how the criteria evolved over time.

Restoring Layered Landscapes

Author : Marion Hourdequin,Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies David G Havlick,David G. Havlick
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2015-11-01
Category : Historic preservation
ISBN : 9780190240325

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Book Restoring Layered Landscapes Description/Summary:

Restoring Layered Landscapes brings together historians, geographers, philosophers, and interdisciplinary scholars to explore ecological restoration in landscapes with complex histories shaped by ongoing interactions between humans and nature. For many decades, ecological restoration - particularly in the United States - focused on returning degraded sites to conditions that prevailed prior to human influence. This model has been broadened in recent decades, and restoration now increasingly focuses on the recovery of ecological functions and processes rather than on returning a site to a specific historical state. Nevertheless, neither the theory nor the practice of restoration has fully come to terms with the challenges of restoring layered landscapes, where nature and culture shape one another in deep and ongoing relationships. Former military and industrial sites provide paradigmatic examples of layered landscapes. Many of these sites are not only characterized by natural ecosystems worth preserving and restoring, but also embody significant political, social, and cultural histories. This volume grapples with the challenges of restoring and interpreting such complex sites: What should we aim to restore in such places? How can restoration adequately take the legacies of human use into account? Should traces of the past be left on the landscape, and how can interpretive strategies be creatively employed to make visible the complex legacies of an open pit mine or chemical weapons manufacturing plant? Restoration aims to create new value, but not always without loss. Restoration often disrupts existing ecosystems, infrastructure, and artifacts. The chapters in this volume consider what restoration can tell us more generally about the relationship between continuity and change, and how the past can and should inform our thinking about the future. These insights, in turn, will help foster a more thoughtful approach to human-environment relations in an era of unprecedented anthropogenic global environmental change.

Interpreting Our Heritage

Author : Freeman Tilden
Publisher : Univ of North Carolina Press
Release : 2009-11-18
Category : Education
ISBN : 9780807889091

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Book Interpreting Our Heritage Description/Summary:

Every year millions of Americans visit national parks and monuments, state and municipal parks, battlefields, historic houses, and museums. By means of guided walks and talks, tours, exhibits, and signs, visitors experience these areas through a very special kind of communication technique known as "interpretation." For fifty years, Freeman Tilden's Interpreting Our Heritage has been an indispensable sourcebook for those who are responsible for developing and delivering interpretive programs. This expanded and revised anniversary edition includes not only Tilden's classic work but also an entirely new selection of accompanying photographs, five additional essays by Tilden on the art and craft of interpretation, a new foreword by former National Park Service director Russell Dickenson, and an introduction by R. Bruce Craig that puts Tilden's writings into perspective for present and future generations. Whether the challenge is to make a prehistoric site come to life; to explain the geological basis behind a particular rock formation; to touch the hearts and minds of visitors to battlefields, historic homes, and sites; or to teach a child about the wonders of the natural world, Tilden's book, with its explanation of the famed "six principles" of interpretation, provides a guiding hand. For anyone interested in our natural and historic heritage--park volunteers and rangers, museum docents and educators, new and seasoned professional heritage interpreters, and those lovingly characterized by Tilden as "happy amateurs--Interpreting Our Heritage and Tilden's later interpretive writings, included in this edition, collectively provide the essential foundation for bringing into focus the truths that lie beyond what the eye sees.

Interpreting Our Heritage

Author : Freeman Tilden
Publisher : ReadHowYouWant.com
Release : 2009-08-05
Category : Social Science
ISBN : 9781442997974

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Book Interpreting Our Heritage Description/Summary:

Every year millions of Americans visit national parks and monuments, state and municipal parks, battlefields, historic houses, and museums. By means of guided walks and talks, tours, exhibits, and signs, visitors experience these areas through a very special kind of communication technique known as ''interpretation.'' For fifty years, Freeman Tilden's Interpreting Our Heritage has been an indispensable sourcebook for those who are responsible for developing and delivering interpretive programs. This expanded and revised anniversary edition includes not only Tilden's classic work but also an entirely new selection of accompanying photographs as well as five additional essays by Tilden on the art and craft of interpretation. Whether the challenge is to make a prehistoric site come to life; to explain the geological basis behind a particular rock formation; to touch the hearts and minds of visitors to battlefields, historic homes, and sites; or to teach a child about the wonders of the natural world, Tilden's book, with its explanation of the famed ''six principles'' of interpretation, provides a guiding hand.