Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

Tucker, Bruce,


Literature, Canadian (English).




By examining museum journals and in-house reports this thesis provides a historiographical analysis on the literature of the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Park, tracing its physical and philosophical evolution in relation to the contemporary issues that influenced its development. It disputes the characterization of historic sites as tidy packages that reinforce a perception of the past that is fixed and complete. This thesis suggests that public presentations should not be marginalized, but taken seriously and viewed critically because they serve as milestones for gauging the factors that influence our evolving perception of the past. This study demonstrates how historic sites can mark developing trends in museum philosophy, research, historiography and the changing role of the past in contemporary political rhetoric and decision-making. Thus it provides an example of the potential in studying the interpretation and function of historic sites, and demonstrates the differences between conventional academic investigations and site interpretation. The application of a historiographical analysis to site development is uncommon, but the method permits the illustration of the possibilities of collaboration between professionals in the two fields.Dept. of History, Philosophy, and Political Science. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1994 .T68. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 34-02, page: 0533. Adviser: Bruce Tucker. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1994.