A moment in the history of tourism (for vacation time)

27 Jun

We are now in the time of vacationing. For most of us who take vacations, we do not think of them as “historic.”

Tourism, though, is itself a historic phenomenon, and tourism history is a growing field of study. Why people visit various places, and what they make of such places, tells us things about ourselves and places.

Tourism can also be paradoxical, even contested, since it is a human phenomenon.

Apropos all the above, take a look at this brief reprise by Alyse Landry of a presidential vacation to the Black Hills in 1927: Native History: Pres. Coolidge Summers In Black Hills, Adopted By Sioux – ICTMN.com.

Things to consider that are connected, explicitly or implicitly, to this 1927 moment:

  • The backstory of the Black Hills (as place, for Indians and for non-Indians).
  • Indians and tourism.
  • Black Hills as a place that was made into a tourist destination.
  • Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse as monuments in the  Black Hills.

For more on some of the above, see Jeffrey Oslter’s The Lakotas and the Black Hills and Suzanne Barta Julin’s A Marvelous Hundred Square Miles.


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