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A historic site is an official location where pieces of political, military or social history have been preserved. Historic sites are usually protected by law, and many have been recognized with the official national historic site status. A historic site is any building, landscape, site or structure that is of local, regional, or national significance.
Historic sites may be thought of in three broad categories:
- documentary sites: primary objective is to document a specific historic event or a specific person or group.
- representative sites": primarily focused on representing a historical period or way of life
- aesthetic sites: focused on history of art or conceptions of beauty
Historic site visitors
Visitors to historic sites may come out of a sense of nostalgia for bygone eras, out of wishing to learn about their cultural heritage, or general interest in learning about the historical context of the site. Many sites offer guided tours for visitors.
References and further reading
- Alderson, William T.; Low, Shirley Payne (1985-01-01). Interpretation of Historic Sites. Rowman Altamira. ISBN 9780761991625.
- Levy, Barbara Abramoff; Lloyd, Sandra Mackenzie; Schreiber, Susan Porter (7 February 2002). Great Tours!: Thematic Tours and Guide Training for Historic Sites. Rowman Altamira. p. xii. ISBN 9780759116757.
- Chitty, Gill; Baker, David (1999). Managing Historic Sites and Buildings: Reconciling Presentation and Preservation. Psychology Press. ISBN 9780415208147.
- Heritage site
- World Heritage Site
- National Historic Site of Canada
- Listed building (United Kingdom)
- National Historic Sites (United States)
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