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Thursday, May 29 • 2:30pm - 3:00pm
(Architecture + Objects Session) The Cultural Production of Tourism at Lake Tahoe) Exploring How Cultural Heritage Preservation is Impacted by Tourism

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This paper explores the connection between tourism and cultural heritage preservation. Our goals as heritage conservation professionals use scientific investigations and research to better understand material culture itself and how best to preserve it. Education and scientific illumination is just one end result of our work. Our work, the real end result of what most of us do, is for tourists, enticing people to visit our museums, national parks, archaeological sites, and historic buildings both in reality and virtually. We are involved in the cultural production of tourism and tourists sites, though we may not conceptualize our work in this way. This paper explains and explores this connection between tourism and cultural heritage conservation. The goals are to highlight these concepts and illuminate the wide ranging impacts and responsibilities we as heritage preservation professionals have beyond the actual physical preservation of our cultural heritage.


Catherine Magee

Department of Geography, University of Nevada
Catherine Magee received her MS in objects conservation from the Winterthur/University of Delaware, Program in Art Conservation.  She has worked in Asia, Central America, the Mediterranean Basin and North Africa as an Archaeological Conservator on both terrestrial and marine sites. She lived in Washington, DC for 15 years working at the Smithsonian Institution and in her own conservation business. Currently Catherine is working on her... Read More →

Thursday May 29, 2014 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Grand Ballroom B-C