Wooden Histories: Narratives of Rural Abandonment and Disappearing Landmarks

Author(s): William L Donaruma; Ian Kuijt; Sarah Seaberg

Year: 2018


The post 1820 wooden barns of the American mid-west are both physical structures, made of large beams, pegs and stone foundations, and silent witnesses to the dynamic interface between local, national and global social and economic changes.  Drawing upon research in rural Indiania, this presentation explores the interface of regional historical research, personal interviews, and visual recording, to explore the process and potential contributions of documentary filmmaking in narrating local farmstead histories.  

As a graduate/undergraduate elective, this course thematically focuses on understanding and documenting the historical, social, economic and personal stories centered on 19th through 20th century Indiana local barns, and placing these in a meaningful cultural and historical context.  Focusing on the barn as a material setting and documenting the past through the integration of historical research, oral history and digital video.

An example of the work from this class can be found here. https://vimeo.com/216536898/bb1839ff4b

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Wooden Histories: Narratives of Rural Abandonment and Disappearing Landmarks. William L Donaruma, Ian Kuijt, Sarah Seaberg. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441364)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 1083