Preserving Historic New England: Preservation, Progressivism, and the Remaking of Memory by James M. LindgrenPreserving Historic New England: Preservation, Progressivism, and the Remaking of Memory by James M. Lindgren

Preserving Historic New England: Preservation, Progressivism, and the Remaking of Memory

byJames M. Lindgren

Hardcover | October 1, 1995

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By the first years of the twentieth century the memory of old-time New England was in danger. What had once been a land of small towns populated by tradition-minded Yankees was now becoming almost unrecognizable with a floodtide of immigrants and the constant change of a modernizing society.At the same time, cities such as Boston, Portsmouth, and Salem were bursting at the seams with factories, high-rises, and uncontrollable growth. During a period when the Colonial Revival and progressive movements held sway, Yankees asserted their influence through campaigns to redefine the meaningof their Anglo-American forebears. As part of the reaction, the modern preservation movement was founded by William Sumner Appleton, Jr., a privileged, old-blooded Bostonian. Resisting not simply this avalanche of change but the amateurish romanticism of fellow antiquaries, Appleton founded theSociety for the Preservation of New England Antiquities in 1910. While examining SPNEA in the context of progressivism, Preserving Historic New England focuses on its redefinition of preservation to fit the methodology of science, the economy of capitalism, and the aestheticism of architecture. Inso doing, preservation not only became a profession defined by those male worlds, but remade Yankee memory to accord with the modern corporate order.
James Michael Lindgren is at State University of New York, Plattsburgh.
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Title:Preserving Historic New England: Preservation, Progressivism, and the Remaking of MemoryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.49 × 6.38 × 0.79 inPublished:October 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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During a period when the Colonial Revival and progressive movements held sway, Yankees asserted their influence through campaigns to redefine the meaning of their Anglo-American forebears. As part of the reaction, the modern preservation movement was founded by William Sumner Appleton, Jr., a privileged, old-blooded Bostonian. Resisting not simply this avalanche of change but the amateurish romanticism of fellow antiquaries, Appleton founded the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities in 1910. While examining the SPNEA in the context of progressivism, Preserving Historic New England focuses on its redefinition of preservation to fit the methodology of science, the economy of capitalism, and the aestheticism of architecture. In so doing, preservation not only became a profession defined by those male worlds, but it also remade Yankee memory to accord with the modern corporate order.

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"James Lindgren has written an important work on the early-twentieth-century New England origins of the modern American historic preservation movement....[he] has skillfully and meticulously portrayed the conflicts, debates, and intentions that shaped an emergent philosophy of historicpreservaton and reshaped New England's historical landscape..."--The New England Quarterly