Below are links to the completed chapters of my dissertation. If you are interested, I invite you to read and comment
on my work.
Chapter 1: The Importance of History in Hillsborough
Chapter 1 introduces Hillsborough, sets the scene and describes the study.
Chapter 2: The Intersection of People, Place and History: Background Literature
Chapter 2 discusses the work of other scholars on the topic of the relationship of people to place and place history.
Chapter 3: "And Who Do You Belong To?" Fieldwork in a Small Southern Town
Chapter 3 discusses the methods used in this study and the problems and opportunites of doing research in a town so small
that "you don't have to put on your turn signal because we know where you are going."
Chapter 4: The History of History in Hillsborough
Chapter 4 discusses how the view of history within Hillsborough changed as a result of national changes in attitudes
towards history, and as a result of two waves of incomers to the town: in the 1960s and the 1990s.
Chapter 5: Building Relationships with Place: The Role of History
Chapter 5 discusses the ways that people build personal relationships with place and place history. It contrast
the experiences of insiders (born to the town) and incomers (new to the town).
Chapter 6: Responsibility to Place and Time
Chapter 6 discusses the role of history in responsibility to place. It begins with two case studies, one of a resident
who built a house here, and one of a business owner. Also included in this chapter is a discussion of the role of Hillsborough's
Historic District Commission in the defense of place.
Chapter 7: Transformation of Place
Chapter 7 examines the role that the emergence of Occaneechi identity played in the transformation of Hillsborough's
historic sense of place
Chapter 8: Conclusions
I interviewed approximately 30 people for this study.
To really tell the whole story I would probably need to interview four or five times as many people.
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