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This article laments the ever-increasing trend of reduced or completely withdrawn funding for historic houses, buildings and properties.

Author Gary N. Smith speaks of many institutions unable to keep up with the downturns of the economy and resulting in the closure or curtail of services in many buildings and museums.

He stresses that cities, counties and states must accept more responsibility for the care of historic structure.

In the absence of government support, sites need consistent endowments.

Additionally, historical properties should always strive to prove their worth to local communities as well as recognize their niche and not overemphasize growth possibilities.