Why do people seek to preserve historic artifacts and places? Is this desire a sign of people’s appreciation for their ancestors? Or is it a type of nostalgia, recalling how society has changed, perhaps a warning against changes that happen too fast? Author and historian Joseph Graham starts his enquiry in the old Argenteuil Seigneurie, where local history illustrates the challenges of saving heritage when the cultures and beliefs that give heritage meaning change or cease to exist. The seigneurie offers fertile ground for exploring the long, complicated genesis of identity formation in the surrounding region, including how it came to be known as The Laurentians.