This paper offers concluding statements on the papers presented as part of the working group “Where is the History in Historic Districts,” presented at the 2009 NCPH Annual Conference in Providence, Rhode Island. The working group addressed important questions regarding whose history is presented in historic districts and whether architecture is privileged over history in the delineation and designation of districts. Districts are bureaucratic constructs. They must preserve tangible, physical remainders of the past, but the history that those artifacts present may be as restrictive or as inclusive as promoters, government officials, residents, and public historians choose.

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