Historical Sound Walks

3 Jun

Historian Michael Harcourt takes students on “historical sound walks.” I find his 5 criteria for students to pay attention to a place fascinating:

Power – It is a place which reveals power relations in society. Its meaning for some people might have been silenced or marginalized in the past. Perhaps some people felt or continue to feel a sense of belonging there while others are excluded.
 
Legendary – The place is ‘storied’. People tell legends there and it is used to sustain myths.
 
Affected by change – The place has changed over time, either physically or in terms of how it is used or viewed.
 
Contested and connected – The place is argued over and is or was a source of debate. People may feel a strong sense of connection to it, often for different reasons.
 
Evocative – The place is one where you can ‘feel’ history.

For more, see:

The Way of Improvement Leads Home: Historical Sound Walks.

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One Response to “Historical Sound Walks”

  1. Douglas Firth Anderson June 3, 2013 at 7:17 pm #

    Reblogged this on Northwest Iowa Center for Regional Studies.

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