Preservation History and Theory - A List
"This list is to
recommend books that give a good overall view of the history and
current state of historic preservation theory and practice, as well as
books that raise issues and questions that may shape its future."
Best Historic Preservation Resources
list is a selection of the most helpful textbooks we used in the
undergraduate preservation program, as well as some supplementary books
I used for projects. Being a multidisciplinary field, topics include
anthropology, history, museum studies, architecture, ethnography,
historical archaeology, urban planning, regional studies, and
preservation law/history. While many texts are influenced by the ideas
of traditional preservation (fine architecture, antiquarianism,
politics, upper-class culture, "great men/moments" in history),
21st-century preservation has been making a shift towards community
development, living landmarks, public access, neighborhood character,
and stories of "the common man" as incorporated into the larger
The National Trust For Historic Preservation
is a nonprofit organization with more than 260,000 members. As the
leader of the national preservation movement, the National Trust is
committed to saving America's diverse historic environments and to
preserving and revitalizing the livability of communities nationwide.
The National Park Service conducts the National Historic Landmarks
Program to identify, designate, recognize, and protect buildings,
structures, sites, and objects of national significance. The National Register of
is the United States of America's official list of historic properties
worthy of preservation.
Designed to give preservationists and those involved in related
endeavors a foothold on the Internet, this is a continually evolving
service that is updated twice a month or more. Contains a huge number
of links, making it an
excellent research source for preservationists. Operated through the
volunteer efforts of students at Cornell University.
Anderson Downtown Neighbors Association
An ever growing website dedicated to Anderson Historic
Preservation and history. The Neighborhood Pictures &
Information page contains a large selection of links to picture and
house histories. Some of these include: Then & Now with
historic vs. present day neighborhood views plus recent restoration
projects and Homes for Sale, which provides pictures of various
properties available in the area.
Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana
Historic Landmarks Foundation is a private nonprofit group supported by
memberships and contributions that seeks to enrich contemporary life
and leave a legacy of landmarks. This Web site is still in development;
check back each month for more news, information and entertainment.
Future Ligonier Alliance
A grassroots organization started in 2003 whose goal is to restore and
preserve the historic downtown that Ligonier, Indiana has. We are
located on the historic Lincoln Highway Route (Currently Indiana 5) and
have about 44,000 cars pass through our (ironically) forgotten
downtown. Nobody looks twice and there are many who would rather tear
the buildings down then deal with restoring them. We have some awesome
architecture in Ligonier and I wanted to inform you of the F.L.A.'s
efforts, as they coincide very closely to your organization.
General Interest and History Sites
Bloomington Indiana- Share your old town photos
Large gallery on Facebook of historic photos found around the Net.
Click Back In Time Historic Tour of Valparaiso
tour of Valparaiso from the 1900’s. Click on “Visit Valparaiso” to do
the virtual tour. You can click on the navigation compass located on
the bottom left of the screen. Great site!
Department of History, Indiana University-Purdue
University Fort Wayne
This link takes you directly to the IPFW's Historic Preservation links,
including the National Historic Landmarks Program, National Park
Service Links to the Past, Publicly Accessible Lighthouses and
Treasures of the Nation.
"As these industrial giants
waned in the global economy, sleepy state highways were passed by great
interstates, the railroads faded, and we are left with the discarded
shells of what Indiana is no longer. These pages chronicle my
continuing desire to snapshot these markers of our history before they
fade forever into dust."
This site is devoted to promoting commerce and aiding preservation in
downtown Frankfort, Indiana.
A National Historic Neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri.
West Baden Springs Hotel
Excellent site on one of Indiana's most important landmarks, the West
Baden Springs Hotel. Contains dozens of photos, including historical
photographs and documentation of the restoration process. Created by Keith
Howard and maintained by his son, Kenny.
Marktown Historic District
This Northwest Indiana neighborhood was designed by Chicago architect
Howard Van Doren Shaw in 1917 for industrialist Clayton Mark. It has
been referred to as "the Brigadoon of Industrial Housing, rising out of
the mists of industry every few years."
natural environment is important too! Below are links to Indiana
Contains comprehensive lists of hazardous waste sites in Indiana.
EcoIndiana is devoted to Indiana's environment and to those
organizations active in the restoration, preservation, and defense of
our natural heritage
Save the Dunes
An organization of more than 800 members dedicated to protecting the
Lake Michigan shoreline from the encroachment of industry.
links of interest:
This Old House Online
The official website of the popular PBS TV series. Includes questions
and answers, bulletin boards, a home maintenance encyclopedia, and
Directory of Indiana
on Miller Beach, Indiana, with links to information about aviation
pioneer Octave Chanute, Northwest Indiana links, and Miller pages.
Yahoo Regional:U.S. States:Indiana:Cities
Extensive list of links to Indiana city pages on the Yahoo! servers.
Broadacre All-Wright Site
Devoted to documenting buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. There
are currently eight known Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in Indiana, two
of them in Gary, all designed as private residences.
Historic Annapolis Foundation
Annapolis, Maryland. Has a good section on "Caring for your Old
Building" with helpful hints and photos.
Calumet Regional Archives
Offers info on the Archives at Indiana University Northwest and its
collections for those interested in NWI history. Steve McShane is the
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