Staking new claims: Reinterpreting historic mining sites

Rheaume, Ernest (2008) Staking new claims: Reinterpreting historic mining sites. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

Historical preservation is a discipline that requires a unique interpretation of space and the physical landscape. However, federal and state laws have increasingly dictated historical preservation, which has had the effect of constraining the discourse surrounding historic sites and their interpretation. Regulations require that historic sites be assigned a “period of significance;” a slice of time in which the site is considered to be important and which the public is made to experience it. This practice excludes the larger and continuous histories of sites and the way they have been experienced by all overtime. Borrowing upon Michel Foucault’s idea of heterotopias, this paper will assess the current understanding of historic mining sites at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and suggest new ways to study, interpret, and experience them.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Rheaume, ErnestUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: historic site; mining site; industrial heritage; interpretation
Subjects: L.PRESENTATION AND TRANSMISSION OF HERITAGE > 02. Interpretation
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 16. Industrial and technical heritage
L.PRESENTATION AND TRANSMISSION OF HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 05. Sites
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument (ORPI), USA
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2010 11:41
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:12
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