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Resources: Preservation Library: Living in a Historic Neighborhood - Preservation in the Community

Historical Markers, by Raymond Pisney, Nashville: American Association for State and Local History, 1978.
This technical leaflet gives a complete look at the subject in just a few pages. It features helpful information about choosing among the various types of historical markers for neighborhoods and buildings, and offers advice on wording, cost, size, and placement.

 

Keeping Time: The History and Theory of Preservation in America, by William J. Murtaugh, N.Y.: Sterling, 1988.
This book's primary purpose is to provide a historical context for preservation criteria and standards, so that readers can understand what preservation is and how it has evolved.

 

A Legacy to Save or Lose, by The Coffey Commission, Providence: 1988.
This is the final report of a "special legislative commission to study the entire area of preservation of Rhode Island historic buildings and properties and to make recommendations therefor." It gives a summary of preservation efforts over the past thirty years; reviews the legislative mandate and areas of responsibility of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission, and makes recommendations (with cost projections) in specific areas about how to continue to preserve the state's historic sites. This is really a long-range preservation plan for the state.

 

Federal Historic Preservation Laws, Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, 1989-90.
This document brings together the major federal laws that govern the national program of historic preservation.

 

Handbook on Historic Preservation Law, edited by Christopher Duerksen,
Washington, D.C.: The Conservation Foundation., 1983.

In one manageable volume, a guide to local, state, and federal preservation law. A section on litigation includes how to build a case and present it well. The appendix offers a model preservation ordinance by quoting sections from local laws throughout the country.

 

Guidelines for Completing National Register of Historic Places Forms, Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, 1986. Bulletin No. 16, with 1987 supplement.
This bulletin supersedes a 1977 edition, and incorporates changes in procedures, policies, and documentation requirements that have occurred since then. It is meant as a guide to completing the forms required for registering a property, or for determining the eligibility of a property, for listing in the National Register. Very helpful.

 

Historic Preservation in Small Towns, by Arthur P. Ziegler, and Walter C. Kidney, Nashville: American Association for State and Local History, 1980.
Preservation in rural areas is more difficult - there is a lack of funding, and not as much awareness either of the need for preservation or of preservation resources. This book gives case histories of six towns (a small town is defined as one with up to 50,000 people), showing the intricacies a preservation effort may demand and the various hazards that may be encountered.

 

Saving America's Countryside: A Guide to Rural Conservation, by Samuel Stokes, et al, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989.
Twenty case studies tell the story of how concerned rural citizens became environmental pioneers by fashioning plans and programs to enhance the natural and economic values of their communities. Each case study illustrates an aspect of rural conservation: McHenry County, Ill.: An Agricultural Zoning Ordinance; Blackfoot River, Montana: Protecting a Stream Corridor Through Easements. There are many examples of local plans, good black and white photos throughout, and a bibliography for further reading.

 

Landmark Yellow Pages, edited by Diane Maddex, Washington, D.C.: Preservation Press, 1990.
The successor to an earlier work - A Directory of Preservation Information - this volume gives all the names, addresses, facts, and figures needed to determine what is happening currently in the field. Part I presents preservation techniques and information. Part II lists all members of the National Trust's Preservation Forum and includes a guide to eight key preservation contacts in each state and territory.