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Conservation and Preservation Documents

For the interest of site visitors who may wish to know more about our approach to the industrial past and preservation issues generally, we offer the following illustrated texts.


Dirty Water and Hot Metal
Dirty Water and Hot Metal (PDF), an article about industrial tourism written for the Hamilton civic affairs blog Raise the Hammer. 

Gigantic Buffalo
Gigantic Buffalo (PDF)
, an article about the Holly pumps at Colonel F.G. Ward waterworks in Buffalo.

View Preserving Historic Machinery in Situ (PDF), a guest lecture given by Shawn Selway to a Laurier University class in Industrial Archeology.

Photographic Documentation: Some Considerations (PDF). A brief comparison of digital and film imaging for documentation purposes.

View Historic Machinery of Ontario What, Where and Whither (PDF), a presentation delivered by Pragmata founder Shawn Selway at the 2009 Industrial Strength conference.You can also download the PowerPoint Presentation here.

Those Who No Longer Believe in the Power of the Ancestors (PDF)

A discussion of the tangible and the intangible heritage question. This text was written in response to opinions published in the ICOMOS News for spring 2000. The whole issue of the News in PDF can be found at www.international.icomos.org/newsicomos/news1991/2000-10-1.pdf.

I have left in the few references to the provoking views, because it would be puzzling and anti-historical to take them out.

Morstar bridge
Bridge at Mostar. Josephine W. Baker. 1970's. Wikipedia Commons.

The Fountains at the Gore (PDF)

Adapted from a research paper on an important local monument which turns out to have an estranged sibling. The cast-iron fountain in Gore Park, Hamilton, Ontario, was erected in 1859 as part of an epoch-making waterworks project. The city is fortunate to have not only the original pumping house and its walking beam engines, but also the first reservoir, a stone lined basin set into the flank of the Niagara Escarpment, and a portion of the fountain which was placed in Hamilton’s central square (actually a triangle, or gore) to show off the water supply.

Gore Fountains


The Picker Portable Goes North
(PDF)

This piece is excerpted from a book about the medical evacuations from the Eastern Arctic to Southern T.B. sanatoria during the 1950s. After the Second World War the Canadian State acquired the technical means to assert its authority and so strengthen its claim to sovereignty in the North by demonstrating "effective occupation" of the territory. The text offered here is from a chapter about the new tools of sovereignty: the semi-icebreaker C.D. Howe, the Picker portable X-ray machine, and the Bell helicopter.

CD Howe

Johanna Van der Woerd, Mary Panigusiq, Maggie Hatuk on the CD Howe 1958.
McMaster Health Sciences Archive, Rabinowitz Collection