Dozens of Vermont towns, including Marlboro, are celebrating their 250th anniversaries this year. The course will use the occasion of these semiquincentennial celebrations to frame and explore the topic of commemoration in relation to local history. We will draw on materials and methods from anthropology, history and performance studies to ask such questions as: How do people and places inscribe and perform their own history? Which stories are remembered as institutionalized public events, and which are forgotten, relegated to the private spaces of attic trunks? Students will create their own immersive historical experiences, commemorating some aspect of local history. Joining Carol, Kate, and Brenda in teaching the class will be Obie award-winning performance artist Ain Gordon whose own work has powerfully engaged issues of history and memory.
Readings for September 8 Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ read Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Woodsplint BasketÃ¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ read Nancy Graff and William Hosley, "Celebrating Vermont"
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ read Kevin Graffagnino, "Arcadia in New England"
September 13 check the forum (listed below under the label "Vermont 250th Anniversary Celebrations--URLs") for two websites that Forrest Holzapfel has suggested.
Documents for class field trip to building sites - October 11
Joy's assignment for 11/8
Here is the Google Books version of the reading I was thinking of. It's a travel guide from the 50s. I was thinking it might be interesting to look at some documentation on "America's Playground" from the middle of the twentieth century.