What is a list for? How do those who use it as a tool of historic preservation conceive of it? Is it merely a designation or is it an award? What are the intended reactions to the fact of listing? What are the actual reactions? What are the issues involved in compiling the list?
This study applies the contingent valuation method to estimate the public good values of preservation and restoration of a local historic landmark in a medium-sized U.S. city.
Richard Kurin, Smithsonian Institution's Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture