Andrew Hurley, “Placing the Past in Community Landscapes: Insights from St. Louis”

Date(s) - 03/02/2018
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Katz Hall, #101


Over the past fifty years, many urban neighborhoods in the United States have seized upon history and heritage as a means of projecting a distinctive identity, strengthening community pride, and stimulating economic revitalization.  Officially authorized mechanisms of commemoration and preservation, however, fail to accommodate the myriad ways in which different communities assign historical importance and meaning to local landscapes.  This presentation explores findings from the Missouri Place Stories Projects, in which residents of five St. Louis neighborhoods produced photo-narrations about places of significance in their neighborhood.  Their contributions suggest alternative ways of recognizing and enriching urban spaces through neighborhood planning, historic preservation, and the practice of public history.

Dr. Andrew Hurley is Professor of History and Director of the Museum History Studies Program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Join us on 2 March 2018 at Noon in Katz Hall 101 for his talk as part of the UMKC History Department’s “First Fridays” Lecture Series in New Historical Research.