“…AS OUR SOCIETY becomes increasingly changed, complicated and diverse, history can offer us an orientation which renders a sense of continuity leading to confidence in community, family and the individual. Our past can unite us. It can allow for all people to become “part of the chorus.”

No type of appreciation of history can evoke more visceral reaction than historic preservation of buildings and landscapes which allows us to truly step back and see, hear and smell the past. Historic preservation encourages people to imagine what those that came before us experienced. It helps us to understand the past and gain vision into what it actually meant to live in times before our own. No effort designed to stimulate an aesthetic insight for yesterday can be more meaningful than encountering history in a visit to a setting of the past made possible by historic preservation.”

Mitch Postel, President
San Mateo County Historical Association

More About Preservation:
An Essay by Richard Guy Wilson
An Essay by Mario Buatta
An Essay by M. Kirby Talley, Jr.
“Before & After”