Event Title

Ethnography of Homewood Historical Society and Dorband-Howe House Saved from Demolition: The Dorband-Howe House, A Workingman's Cottage Rich in History

Location

Hall of Governors

Start Date

7-4-2017 4:00 PM

End Date

7-4-2017 6:00 PM

Description

Located in the south suburbs of Chicago, Homewood, Illinois is a community rich in local history. With a group of twelve invested residents, a home built over a century ago was saved from demolition and renovated into a fully functional museum. Years later, the museum serves at the headquarters for a group comprised of the town's historical society. Providing refuge for items specific to town history, visitors can tour the museum and see original items of the house as well as items donated by local residents like themselves. With every aspect of the interior and exterior maintained by members of the society, this small-scale operation preserves much of the continuity from over a century ago. Surrounded by businesses indicative of modern times, the Dorband-Howe house serves as an example of local pride and respect for the preservation of town history. This presentation is based on ethnographic research that included participant observation, semi-structured interviews, and review of museum archives.

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Ethnography of Homewood Historical Society and Dorband-Howe House Saved from Demolition: The Dorband-Howe House, A Workingman's Cottage Rich in History

Hall of Governors

Located in the south suburbs of Chicago, Homewood, Illinois is a community rich in local history. With a group of twelve invested residents, a home built over a century ago was saved from demolition and renovated into a fully functional museum. Years later, the museum serves at the headquarters for a group comprised of the town's historical society. Providing refuge for items specific to town history, visitors can tour the museum and see original items of the house as well as items donated by local residents like themselves. With every aspect of the interior and exterior maintained by members of the society, this small-scale operation preserves much of the continuity from over a century ago. Surrounded by businesses indicative of modern times, the Dorband-Howe house serves as an example of local pride and respect for the preservation of town history. This presentation is based on ethnographic research that included participant observation, semi-structured interviews, and review of museum archives.