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Winner of an Education Project award from the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers 2007 Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation.
Recipient of a 2007 Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History.
Award-Winner in the Photography: Architecture & Design of the National Best Books 2007 Awards
Volume Three in the Historical Preservation Series
"Picturing the Past is a well-written, attractive, and informative book that conveys South Dakota's rich heritage."—Mary W. Edmonds, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, South Carolina Department of Archives and History
"Myers' photographs are so elemental and so carefully composed."—James McConaha, State Historic Preservation Officer, New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources
"Picturing the Past is so well done that it could serve as a template for similar photographic studies for other American regional history projects."—The Midwest Book Review
"Scott Myers calms the mind and focuses the reader's attention on the austere beauty of South Dakota. The dry climate of the Great Plains creates a special quality of light, and Myers captures its brilliance as it washes over the buildings, articulating them in space. . . . Whether you are an avid reader of Great Plains history, a lover of architecture, or a student of vernacular landscapes and historic preservation, you will find this well-designed book a welcome addition to your library."—Montana the Magazine of Western History
Why should we preserve historic places?
In Picturing the Past, Jay D. Vogt, Stephen C. Rogers, and Scott Myers attempt to answer this and other questions about historic preservation in words and images. The lavishly illustrated book itself acts to preserve some of the familiar and hidden places that help recall South Dakota’s history.
The 78 places pictured here afford literal views of specific times and places, spanning the decades since 1860. Whether they have been renovated and adaptively reused—demonstrating obvious economic and environmental advantages as well as sometimes harder-to-quantify cultural value—or minimally repaired and saved until the moment is right to rehabilitate further, each site evokes a particular moment in state history, making the past tangible. Their preservation also builds bridges to future generations. By identifying and saving a city school, a country church, a historic downtown area, a mine, a bridge, or numerous libraries, courthouses, railroad depots, post offices, and homes, preservationists invite communities to renew their connections to these historic treasures and to understand more fully what it means to be South Dakotans.
"Great pictures and insightful contextual narrative."—Kansas History
"The superb black-and-white photos of art historian and professional photographer Myers are well displayed in this lovely volume on historic architecture."—Reference & Research Book News
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