No Smashing (Reaction Paper 3)

In this summary we will be examining how we define preservation in terms of a historian. What must one do in order to preserve a historical site from being destroyed by big corporations such as General Motors? We will also discuss the challenges of preservation officers face in the past and future.

One organization that historians have turned to is the National Trust For Historic Preservation. Its statement is that we should only demolish Historical buildings as a last resort. Otherwise we should use these historical places as new homes or on page 189 in Mickey Mouse History called “adaptive reuse”. Also in Mickey Mouse History  page 199 “Pro preservationist found a breakthrough”. The National Trust funded the first council of preservation in New York city to created new space for preservation purposes but not have to pay compensation sense the new area will be used for the public good.

National Parks and Services NPS offers the holy grail guide to all steps of preservation. Their site contains everything someone would need from evaluation of historical worth to nominating the site as a national historical site to congress. Sometimes National Parks and Services do not always see eye to eye with congress. “In 1960’s 1970’s park services struggled to protect endangered sites.” Mickey Mouse History page 197. The reason why NPS struggled was the lack of funding and the ability to convince senators to preserve historical sites. This battle returns today with our current president.

The eastern penitentiary on the outside does not appear to be spectacular on the outside. however, on the inside it has a great deal of history about it. One can only imagine how many innocent and criminals were kept in those rusted out cells. Charles Dickens in his American Notes describes the east penitentiary as a sight for sore eyes with no chance of re trial or parole. the eastern penitentiary also combos as a haunted house scares, which will easily draw the interest of others. The site is worth preserving

To finish, the podcast I listened to was young woman on the front lines of the cold war. It was interesting to hear her story being one of the first females to do case studies in the CIA. She was attending Washington University master program in psychology in 1951, until she heard about a “government internship”, which she ended up being a member of the CIA. Her assignment was to travel to Vienna and observe photographs of soviet soldiers that could provide a threat to national security. Interestingly enough, she worked with a man called Polnuff from Russia, who grew up as a peasant, but was a part of the KGB. He provided all sorts of soviet military plans and structure that saved the CIA about 500 millions dollars.


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