Mariel Rodriguez

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Art as a tool of historic preservation

Since the Renaissance, art has been an important tool for recording the physical and built environment for posterity. In fact, historian Rosemary Sweet claims that the act of taking ‘notes and drawings of any and all antiquities before they were lost’ was understood to be an act of preservation in...


The question of preserving Confederate memorials

This article is the second in a series. For part one, see Memory versus history: reckoning with Confederate memorials in the American South In spite of ongoing debates, the historical community has largely reached a consensus: the Confederate States of America were founded to perpetuate slavery and other injustices against...

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Historic preservation and memory

While History to the Public has dedicated May to examining the connections between history and memory, in the United States, May is designated as Preservation Month. Preservation Month was established in 1973 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the month is used as an opportunity by communities all...

Adina De Zavala leading a tour at the historic Spanish Governor's Palace in San Antonio, Texas, prior to its restoration. Source: San Antonio Light Photographs Collection, UTSA, via the National Trust 0

Women and the Historic Preservation Movement in the United States

In certain circles in the United States, historic preservationists have a curious reputation as ‘little old ladies in blue hair and tennis shoes’.  This reputation has derogatory undertones that speak to a specific stereotype of preservationists that developed mainly in the second half of the twentieth century: people often believe...


Imperial rivalry and the story of Europe’s grand shopping streets

Today, Regent Street is one of the most iconic streets in London, known for imposing neoclassical buildings built along a sweeping curve that houses an international blend of shops and attracts an international blend of customers. Equally famous is Paris’s Rue de Rivoli, a long avenue of shops stretching from...