Jack D. Elliott, Jr.

Written by Jack D. Elliott, Jr.

Jack D. Elliott, Jr. is a Board Member of VoegelinView, Historical Archaeologist for the State of Mississippi, and an Archaeologist Lecturer at Mississippi State University. He is the moderator of the evforum listserv and author of West Point and Clay County (Images of America, 2015).

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The greatest potential of historic preservation isn’t merely in temporarily saving a vast potpourri of old buildings and sites from the inexorable ravages of time. Instead, in recalling the significance of the past, we potentially dip into a great reservoir of personal and collective experience. The term significance — or meaning — recalls the symbolic dimensions of the past where…

The Forms of the Tradition have lost the background against which they could be understood and now give the impression of something in a museum, guarded by antiquarians and unthinkingly photographed by tourists.
-Hans Urs von Balthasar
Today we are bombarded with allusions to the "culture war," the conflict over the basic values that govern public life in the West. However, because…