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Pastkeepers in a Small Place

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Zusammenfassung People keep the past by writing histories, by telling stories, creating pictures, collecting memorabilia, preservi... Lire la suite
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Zusammenfassung People keep the past by writing histories, by telling stories, creating pictures, collecting memorabilia, preserving old homes and tracing genealogies. This study shows how the pastkeepers of Deerfield, Massachusetts, have long illustrated this human yearning to connect with past and place.

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Born in Greenfield, Massachusetts, Michael C. Batinski teaches history at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. In addition to having written two books on early American politics, he serves as a member of the council of the Illinois State Historical Society.

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People know who they are by fixing themselves in place and time. They keep the past in numerous ways--not simply by writing histories but also by telling stories, creating pictures, collecting memorabilia, preserving old homes, and tracing genealogies. As Michael C. Batinski shows in this imaginative study, the pastkeepers of Deerfield, Massachusetts, have long illustrated this human yearning to connect with past and place. For five centuries people in this small New England town have passed stories from one generation to the next, preserved homes, and established one of the nation's first historical societies and local history museums. Like many small places in the American landscape, Batinski points out, Deerfield does not fit into the history we learn in textbooks. With the exception of the famous French and Indian raid on the town in 1704, nothing of national significance has happened there. Yet that has not diminished the interest of local inhabitants in establishing and maintaining a vital connection to the past. Different groups, from Native Pocumtuck to Puritan settlers to the grandchildren of Polish immigrants, have told the Deerfield story in varied and sometimes conflicting ways, each drawing on the past to shape its own sense of collective identity. Together their efforts at pastkeeping reveal how people organize and explain the motion of time, why they feel it important to pass on family stories, and why they keep family heirlooms. In doing so, Batinski argues, they illustrate why the preservation of the past remains a civic concern to us all.

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Titre: Pastkeepers in a Small Place
Sous-titre: Five Centuries in Deerfield, Massachusetts
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Code EAN: 9781558494619
ISBN: 978-1-55849-461-9
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Editeur: University of Massachusetts Press
Genre: Histoire
nombre de pages: 320
Poids: 499g
Taille: H235mm x B155mm x T19mm
Année: 2004

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