Fort Stanwix National Monument: Reconstructing the Past and by Joan M. Zenzen

By Joan M. Zenzen

A heritage of the reconstruction of castle Stanwix, manhattan, through the nationwide Park Service.

This publication seems on the background of castle Stanwix and files how the folk of Rome, ny, partnered with the nationwide Park carrier to create castle Stanwix nationwide Monument, a reconstructed log-and-sod progressive conflict castle situated within the middle of town. at the beginning undertaken as a part of Rome’s city renewal attempt to restore a failing economic system via tourism, the fort’s reconstruction exemplifies how a nearby curiosity effectively engaged the nationwide Park carrier achieve its goals.

Using wide documentation and oral background interviews, historian Joan M. Zenzen examines the whole sweep of the site’s heritage by means of on reflection on the 1777 siege that helped flip the tide at Saratoga, describing political commemorations in the course of the flip of the 20th century, detailing occasions resulting in city renewal and castle reconstruction within the Seventies, and explaining how the park’s superintendents have controlled this citadel. She additionally discusses 4 vital topics in old preservation—authenticity, reconstruction, reenactment, and memory—to comprehend the approaches that led to the institution of fortress Stanwix nationwide Monument. Tied to those subject matters is the belief of partnerships, a key aspect that has stored the nationwide park web site engaged with such neighborhood groups as Rome companies, Oneida Six countries, long island nation ancient websites, local tourism forums, and reenactment groups.

“…this booklet may give perception for growing powerful partnerships that would advertise old preservation.” — History News

“This e-book is in particular very important in areas—historic upkeep and American memory—and more often than not to themes of tourism and nationwide Park carrier heritage. furthermore, the ebook addresses the administration of a particular historical web site, a topic of accelerating value to historical web site managers and the traveling public.” — Dwight T. Pitcaithley, former leader Historian, nationwide Park carrier, and coeditor of The Antiquities Act: A Century of yank Archaeology, ancient protection, and Nature Conservation

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In one statement, planners wrote that “to rebuild Fort Stanwix on the original plan is out of the question. It was constructed of huge logs, now unavailable, and of earth. It did not survive ten years after abandonment, except in the form of ruin. ”11 Such practical considerations also influenced the post–World War II planners in considering a possible role for the federal government. Opening one statement are the words, “That the federal government can be induced directly to operate a museum in Rome as well as to erect one, 40 Fort Stanwix National Monument seems questionable.

The Advisory Board instead recommended placement of a suitable marker on the site. 16 Discussion on the landmark status of Fort Stanwix and Oriskany grew more fervent in 1962. Pirnie enlisted support from New York’s Republican senators Jacob K. Javits and Kenneth B. Keating to put some political pressure on the Park Service.

Episode two introduced Dutch traders to the Indian village, and the third scene brought the British, intent on building forts at the Oneida Carry. ”37 Nadine Currie had drilled the seven hundred costumed participants on their various roles. Some children dressed as young Indians and played with crude toys outside teepees. Others represented the three young girls Figure 4. At the 1927 sesquicentennial celebration, reenactors wait their turn to stage the drama of the siege at the one-third-size fort replica.

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