Human beings have for millennia developed public works to allow themselves to congregate. This book provides a roadmap for local historians who are interested in exploring public works as a part of their community's history. It begins by examining structures within specific communities, to introduce the kinds
of facilities that are identifiable as public works. Then the basic tools available for exploring their history are identified. Other sections of the book focus on the networks that tie homes to communities, as well as those that tie individual communities to regions. (BLURB 2) The significance of this book for historic preservation lies in its discussion of a wide range of structures related to public works. Many of these structures have historical importance when viewed as a part of a
community's history. Others have historical significance as structures of great engineering or architectural import. Invisible Networks begins by examining structures within specific communities, to introduce the kinds of facilities that are identifiable as public works. The book thus provides the general reader with an introduction to the field of public works history, and the need to preserve this engineering heritage just as we seek to preserve landmarks of architectural significance.
"A very useful reference for public health officials, consultants, and others involved in using chemicals, hazardous materials, or for answering questions from concerned citizens." -- Public Works, September
1995. "… would serve as an excellent supplementary text for undergraduate courses in local history." -- Randy Patton, Kennesaw State College, H-Net Book Reviews, March 1996. "This is a highly recommended reference for anyone involved or interested in urban history or the technological infrastructure on which American cities are built." -- James L. Kapplin, Society for Industrial Archeology.