Defining Spirit of Place for Canada’s National Historic Sites

Oliver, Meryl (2008) Defining Spirit of Place for Canada’s National Historic 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)

This paper will focus on Parks Canada’s recent initiative to clarify “designated place” and “commemorative intent” for existing national historic sites. Management of these sites is situated in the broad context of “values based conservation”. The values, or reasons for the importance of each national historic site, are identified through a statement of commemorative intent and physically tied to a designated place. Commemorative intent provides the foundation for a site’s presentation, interpretation and management. Many national historic site designations, especially those with few visible resources, have strong associational values. Understanding commemorative intent can guide visitors to appreciate the spirit of place expressed through these values. Two Canadian national historic sites, Jasper House and Athabasca Pass, are examined to illustrate this relationship.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Oliver, Meryl
Languages: English
Keywords: historic sites; conservation; management; spirit of place; interpretation; intangible heritage; trade
Subjects: H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 19. Natural sites
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 07. Cultural routes
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Jasper House, Jasper National Park, Canada; Athabasca Pass, Jasper National Park, Canada
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2010 07:25
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:12
References: Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. Minutes. 1919–2008. Unpublished.

Murphy, Peter J., Robert W. Udell, Robert E. Stevenson and Thomas W. Peterson. 2007. A Hard Road to Travel: Land, Forests and People in the Upper Athabasca Region. Hinton, Alberta: Foothills Model Forest.

Parks Canada, Jasper Field Unit. 2007. “Athabasca Pass Log Book”. Unpublished.

Parks Canada. 2000. System Plan.

Parks Canada. 2005. “Jasper House National Historic Site of Canada Commemorative Integrity Statement”. Unpublished.

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