Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Valuing change: cultural landscape preservation and ascribed significance a case study at the Thomas Nelson Jr., William Nelson, Smith and Ballard properties, Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, Virginia
by Riley, Bryne D., M.S., State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 2010, 124; 1490586
Abstract (Summary)

Decisions concerning the preservation of historic artifacts, the use of historic designation, the selection and elevation of artifacts deemed worthy of recognition, and the determination of treatment(s) are an expression of ascribed values typically identified by the term ‘historic significance’. Understanding the value of significance encompassed within the act of preservation is an essential facet of current professional and academic endeavors as they serve as the means by which ‘informed’ decisions about how to best preserve and interpret an artifact are made. As values are an inherent part in historic preservation there is little knowledge about how the whole range of values can accurately or fully be assessed in the processes involved with historic preservation. This paper aims to explore the National Park Service’s value assessment of the Thomas Nelson Jr., William Nelson, Smith and Ballard properties, located in Colonial National Historical Park in Yorktown, Va. in order to understand what the best possible outcome is insofar as their future preservation and interpretation based upon the understanding of yesterdays actions and today’s preservation standards.

Key Words: significance, values, cultural landscape, historic preservation, preservation, Thomas Nelson Jr., William Nelson, Smith, Ballard, National Park Service, Blow

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Blankenship, Jeffrey D., Fernando, Danilo D.
Commitee: Bartlett, Ted, Erdman, Kimball D., Gilbert, Preston
School: State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Department: Landscape Architecture
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Landscape architecture, Cultural Resources Management
Keywords: Cultural landscape, Historic preservation, National Park Service, Nelson, Significance, Values
Publication Number: 1490586
ISBN: 9781124557106
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