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There are many activities relating to the maintenance of historical significance the fall under the label Preservation, and the National Register of Historic Places and related programs have formalized much of that activity. This dissertation presents a case study of some of the intended and unintended results of the use of preservation tools in the historic town of Bethania, North Carolina. This study examines the results of the use of the application od the National Register of Historic places, National Historic Landmark designation, conservation land acquisition, and the use of public money resulting from these programs over a period of approximately two decades in Bethania. This examination treats ethical considerations involved in the application of these tools, based on results of their application, and a particular issue addressed here is the use of the tools of preservation to achieve political authority and power.