Mint in the Mucklands: Imagining the 19th Century Peppermint Oil Industry in Lyons, New York
Mikulski, Jenny A. (2008) Mint in the Mucklands: Imagining the 19th Century Peppermint Oil Industry in Lyons, New York. 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]
Abstract (in English)
National Heritage Areas are a relatively new typology of historic designation in the United States. These areas are not necessarily contiguous physically and are valued for many intangible reasons, as well as for their tangible resources. They have received a special distinction for their capacity to “tell nationally important stories about our nation.” It is important to consider what stories are being told, how, and by whom. This paper uses the town of Lyons, New York – a stop along the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor – as a case study and cautionary example for how heritage is an imagined construct. Lyons is celebrated as the erstwhile Peppermint Capital of the World, yet the town’s historic peppermint oil industry is widely misremembered, even by its own residents. This paper argues that National Heritage Areas have the potential for nuanced readings of the multifaceted and contested histories of cultural and geographical patterns of human settlement and industry
|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)|
|Keywords:||industry; industrial heritage; 19th Century; corridor; canal|
|Subjects:||H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 08. Heritage canals
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 16. Industrial and technical heritage
|Name of monument, town, site, museum:||Erie Canalway, Lyons, New York State, USA|
|ICOMOS Special Collection:||Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)|
|ICOMOS Special Collection Volume:||2008, 16th|
|Depositing User:||Jose Garcia|
|Date Deposited:||05 Sep 2010 12:44|
|Last Modified:||13 Jan 2011 19:12|
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