Historic Preservation and the Role of the Civil Engineer

by Ernest Allen Conally, Assoc. Dir.; Professional Services, National Park Service, Dept. of Interior, Washington, D.C.,

Serial Information: Engineering Issues: Journal of Professional Activities, 1977, Vol. 103, Issue 2, Pg. 151-155

Document Type: Journal Paper


The general neglect of historic industrial and engineering sites and artifacts has made modern man feel that technology has taken control of his life. The divisions of the National Park Service responsible for historic preservation programs have begun to devote more attention to our engineering and industrial heritage. The Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) conducts both extensive and intensive programs to document such sites. The National Register of Historic Places, the Preservation Grants Program, and the National Historic Landmarks Program all include engineering sites. Engineering professionals must take an active role in the preservation of the artifacts of their discipline both by initiating specific preservation projects and through technical assistance to other preservationists. There is no substitute for the well-informed engineer with a sense of the history of his profession and of his town or region.

Subject Headings: Historic sites | Historic preservation | Engineering history | Industries | Lifeline systems | Federal government | Engineering education | Engineering profession

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