Understanding the Relationship Between the Public and Professional in Contemporary Historic Preservation

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MA in Historic Preservation

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This thesis undertakes an examination of the failing relationship between the preservation professional and the public. It illustrates that the relationship between these two entities directly impacts effectice preservation and demonstrates that without mutual cooperation between the public and professional, the success of any preservation effort is uncertain and unlikely. As such, this thesis is based on the premise that the goal of historic preservation is more than just the recovery or restoration of old buildings, but the salvation of our local and national heritage and identity. Through an analysis of the history and development of historic preservation, specific and related case studies, and a survey designed to gage the public's interest, knowledge and engagement in matters involving historic preservation, this thesis demonstrates a disconnect between the public and the preservation professional. Preservation professionals, preservation non-professionals, preservation movement, Carlisle PA, Molly Pitcher Hotel