Category Archives: History and Technology

When a Library Is Reduced to Rubble, and Books Turned into Ash…

Zeina Elcheikh discusses the consequences of war on movable cultural heritage. “Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen” (Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings). When the German poet Henrich Heine … Continue reading

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The Historic and the Plastic

Guest blogger Laura Macaluso muses on plastic and the role it may play in preserving and interpreting cultural heritage. In the past few weeks, I’ve watched the slow dismantling of a 19th century church built mostly of wood and, at the … Continue reading

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Steamboating: Thinking Outside the Historic Preservation Box

Ah, summer.  Many summers in my childhood I eagerly anticipated the end of June because it meant I could spend a week with historic preservationists, if you think outside the box when defining “historic preservationist.”  I’ll admit, at the time I … Continue reading

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Six Summer Solstice Sites You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

With the northern hemisphere’s summer solstice upon us, it’s time for us to take another look at the day from the cultural heritage perspective and at sites dedicated to the summer solstice.  And no, we won’t be talking about Stonehenge, which is … Continue reading

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The Houses that Cereal Built

We’re all familiar with houses built by presidents and senators, artists and architects.  Houses built by breakfast cereal magnates may not seem to rank in the same way; after all, what’s cereal compared to running the country or changing the … Continue reading

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Mad Men, Mad Buildings

Mad Men is back for its sixth season. What better time to look at Mad Men from a historic preservation perspective? Continue reading

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Halloween: a Preservationist’s Favorite Holiday

It may still feel like summer, but the leaves are starting to turn and Halloween costumes and candy are starting to show up in the seasonal aisle of grocery stores. A preservationist can’t help but be excited. Why? Let’s face … Continue reading

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