From theory to practice: contextualizing Latino conservation practices
Casper, Sehila Mota
Savannah, Ga. : Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Historic Preservation
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Historic Preservation
Includes bibliographical references (p. 95-103).
Thesis Document Award nominee
"The vast history of Latinos within North America spans nearly 450 years, pre-dating present-day boundaries of the United States and Mexican territories. Today, the demographic trend of the Latino population is rapidly growing and Latinos continue to be the largest minority group in the nation. Despite this, Latino historicity within historic preservation is nearly non-existent, a fact that has indelibly affected the Latino American account. This thesis addresses the marginalized historical representation of this ethnic-American community within the national, state, and local preservation bureaucracy. It further investigates recent preservation and legislative initiatives for Latino heritage, as it examines protective policies enacted to preserve Latino cultural heritage. The primary purpose of this research is to address Latino heritage in mainstream discourse and preservation planning applications, especially as they affect local community stakeholders. This thesis provides recommendations for historical inclusion by preservation practitioners, with proposals for broader heritage examination procedures that provide the inclusion of cultural significance and social history. Finally, this thesis recognizes that Latino historical sites require supplementary deliberation by practitioners and can benefit by utilizing the theory of cultural landscape and the "National Register of Historic Places Bulletin 38, Guidelines for Evaluating and Documenting Traditional Cultural Properties." My research concludes by recommending re-evaluation of the "National Register of Historic Places Bulletin 38, Guidelines for Evaluating and Documenting Traditional Cultural Properties" to specify Latino historical and cultural resources as sites that qualify as traditional cultural properties."
CHAIR: Pinkerton, Connie
Lim, Jong Hyun
PDF: 103 p. : ill. (some col.)
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