The Simple Life: Archeological Investigations of a German Immigrant Family Compund in Austin, Texas.
Author(s): Rachel Feit
This paper explores the Schneider family, German immigrants who, between 1854 and 1920, built a successful saloon, general store, and a small real-estate empire in the heart of Austin, Texas. Over a period of seventy years, they witnessed their neighborhood transition from quiet residential area, to bawdy Red Light District, and eventually become a warehouse district. In spite of the family’s growing land wealth, they lived a modest lifestyle; and they remained in their original home until the 1920s. Archeological investigations of their home, store and rental properties have demonstrated a tendency toward conservatism and a resistance to modernization. The family maximized, reused and adapted space whenever possible; and, they consistently resisted city planning efforts to install modern amenities in their own home and in the properties they leased out. Their story offers a vivid micro-scale look at how one immigrant family held steadfast in the face of urban transition.
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- In the City: archaeology and the personal experience of urban transition •
- Society for Historical Archaeology 2013
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The Simple Life: Archeological Investigations of a German Immigrant Family Compund in Austin, Texas.. Rachel Feit. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428446)
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