A Shared Heritage:
Urban and Rural Experience on the Banks of the Potomac

May 2-5, 2018

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VAF Potomac 2018 Paper Sessions
Saturday, May 5th

Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria
901 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
703.683.6000

All Paper Sessions are at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Paper Session I:  8:00-9:30 a.m. 

ARCHITECTURE AND MEMORY
Chair: Jennifer Cousineau (Parcs Canada), Kennedy Room

Andrew Johnston (University of Virginia), “Building the Intangible: Tourism and Authenticity in China”

Christopher J. Slaby (College of William and Mary), “The Brafferton Indian School: History, Memory, and the Legacy of a Colonial Institution”

Julia Tischer (McGill University), “Rubble and Home: Spatial biographies in German Hochbunkers (1945-1960)”

RELIGIOUS LANDSCAPES
Chair: Samuel Ross Palfreyman (Boston University), Roosevelt West Room

J.-R. Thuot (Université du Québec à Rimouski), “Shaping the Post-Conquest Landscape: Church Architecture in French-Canadian Parishes in the St. Lawrence Valley, 1760-1860”

Emily Utt (LDS Church History Department), “Constructing Heaven in Hell: 19th Century Latter-day Saint Public Works Projects in St. George, Utah”

Matthew Teismann (University of Technology Sydney), “Architecture Without Origins: Cultural & Spiritual Estrangement in Postcolonial Bawömataluo”

POTOMAC WATERSHED
Chair: Warren Hofstra (Shenandoah University), Madison North Room

James I. Deutsch (Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage), “The Shared Heritage of Notley Young’s Tobacco Plantation on the Potomac”

Henry Hull (Commonwealth Antiques and Appraisals), “The Lower Potomac: Architectural Responses to a Reborn Waterway, 1830-1860”

Nancy M. Germano (Indiana University), “The “Nation’s River”: At the Confluence of Urban and Rural Ideals”

Paper Session II:  10:00-11:30 a.m.

FIELD NOTES
Chair: Ian Stevenson (Boston University), Kennedy Room

Shannon Mical Sardell (University of Oregon) and James Michael Buckley (University of Oregon), “Fieldwork in the Forest:  The Fenn Ranger Station in Idaho’s Nez Perce National Forest”

Laura Grotjan (University of Wisconsin, Madison), “The Harvestore Silo:  A Beacon of Prosperity’s Descent into Obsolescence”

Elijah Gaddis (Auburn University), “Trauma,​ ​nostalgia,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​interpretation​ ​of​ ​postindustrial​ ​place”

Brent Fortenberry (Texas A&M University), “Shelter on the River–The Storm Towers of the Santee Delta”

Sally Sutton (Plymouth University), “Safeguarding the Maritime Traditions of the Tidal Thames: Historic Boats as a form of Contemporary Vernacular Architecture”

Joy Huntington (University of Wisconsin, Madison), “Redlining in the Madison Urban Landscape: How Women Influenced the Development of a City”

VERNACULAR ARCHITECTURE AND THE POLITICS OF CULTURE
Chair: William Littman, California College of Arts, Roosevelt West Room

Noam Shoked (University of California, Berkeley), "Design From Below on the Hills of Samaria: Ofra and the Community Settlement"

Wei (Windy) Zhao (University of Utah), “Politicizing the Vernacular: Building a New Capital of China with Renovated Courtyard Houses”

Rebecca Summer (University of Wisconsin, Madison), “From Alley Slums to Courts: Clearing Racialized Space in Mid-Century Washington, DC”

AFRICAN AMERICAN LANDSCAPES
Chair: Susan Kern, College of William and Mary, Madison North Room

Cameron Moon [fem.] (Drayton Hall Preservation Trust), “The Caretaker’s House at Drayton Hall: A Comparative Study of Rural Freedmen’s Houses in the South Carolina Lowcountry”

Jennifer​ ​Wilkoski​ ​Glass (The Montpelier Foundation), “Returning​ ​Slavery​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Built​ ​Landscape:​ ​The​ ​Reconstruction​ ​of​ ​Montpelier’s​ ​South​ ​Yard,​ ​A Focus​ ​on​ ​Fieldwork​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Piedmont​ ​of​ ​Virginia”

Richard H. Schein (University of Kentucky), “They sing no more by the glimmer of the moon”

COMMUNITY BUILDING
Chair: Robert Mellin (McGill University), Madison South Room

Samuel Avery-Quinn (Appalachian State University), “The Greatest Agricultural Colony on Earth: Landscape and Community Development of the Estell Colony, 1895-1910”

Andrew Marshall (University of Virginia), “Economy and Efficiency: The postwar negotiation of public services and architecture in small Virginian communities”

Royce Earnest (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee), “Park Forest, Illinois:  Oral histories of a planned community”

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Lunch

Paper Session III:  1:00-2:30 p.m. 

HOUSING
Chair: Jeffrey Cohen (Bryn Mawr), Kennedy Room

Sally L.  Berk (Preservation Activist), “Altruistist Profit?: Wardman’s Early-20th Century Housing for Workers in Washington, DC”

Dustin R. Valen (McGill University), “Back to the Land?: Depression-era Self-help Housing in Newfoundland”

Richard Longstreth (George Washington University), “The Unusual Transformation of Glenarden, Maryland”

THE CONTINUING ROLE OF FOLKLORE RESEARCH IN VERNACULAR ARCHITECTURE SCHOLARSHIP
Co-Chairs, Michael Ann Williams (Western Kentucky University) and Gabrielle Berlinger (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), Roosevelt West Room

Gloria M. Colom (Indiana University), "Puerto Rico After Maria: Creative Reactivation of Traditions for Survival"

Sydney K. Varajon (Ohio State University), “Disaster Response and Rebuilding: The Cultural Landscape of Gatlinburg, A Case Study”

Susanna Pyatt (Western Kentucky University), "Folklorists and the Restoration of the South Union Shaker Village Wash House"

Gerald L. Pocius (Memorial University of Newfoundland), discussant

Gabrielle Berlinger (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), discussant

INVENTED / CONSTRUCTED LANDSCAPES
Chair: Virginia Price (Past President, SESAH), Madison North Room

Lydia Mattice Brandt (University of South Carolina) and Philip Mills Herrington (James Madison University), "Scarlett's Dream House: The 1960s Antebellum Plantation at Stone Mountain, Georgia"

J. Philip Gruen (Washington State University), “Fortified Sunrise: Architecture, Tourism, and the Landscape of Disappearance at Mount Rainier National Park”

Tim Davis (U. S. National Park Service), “Pilgrims, Profits and Professionals: The Evolution of the Mount Vernon Pilgrimage”

ARCHITECTURE AND IDENTITY
Chair: William D. Moore (Boston University), Madison South Room

Susane Havelka (McGill University), “A shared Heritage: Urban and rural experience on the banks of the Arctic Sea”

Sarah Fayen Scarlett (Michigan Technological University), “Suburbs Without a City: When Mining Companies Developed Picturesque Neighborhoods”

Seung-youp Lee (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee), “Visualizing the Invisible - Case Studies of Corner Entrances in Milwaukee Tied Houses”

Paper Session IV:  3:00-4:30 p.m. 

ISSUES IN VERNACULAR ARCHITECTURE STUDIES
Chair: Thomas Carter (University of Utah), Kennedy Room

Jessica Ellen Sewell (University of Virginia), “The Problem of Gender in Vernacular Architecture”

Erin Eckhold Sassin (Middlebury College) and Florence Feiereisen (Middlebury College), “Lending an Ear to Architectural History: Meyers Hof (1873-1972)”

Arijit Sen (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee), “VAF Architecture Tours as Tools of Social Change”

VACATIONLAND Vacation, Recreation, and Leisure Settings
Chair: Michael J. Chiarappa (Quinnipiac University), Roosevelt West Room

Sarah Sanders Potere (AECOM), “One Land, Two American Dreams: Rediscovering the Secondary duPont Narrative at James Madison’s Montpelier”

Mary Fesak (Clemson University and the College of Charleston), “The Early-to-mid Twentieth Century Equine Landscapes of Aiken and Camden, South Carolina”

Anna Vemer Andrzejewski (University of Wisconsin, Madison), “’Big Sellers of Sunshine:’ The Mackle Company’s Efforts in Retirement and Vacation Homebuilding in Florida, 1955-­‐65”

ERASURE IN THE URBAN VERNACULAR LANDSCAPE
Chair: Aaron Wunsch (University of Pennsylvania), Madison North Room

Susan Garfinkel (Library of Congress), “Remembering MOVE; or, the Everyday Spaces of Extraordinary Events”

Eli Pousson (Baltimore Heritage), “Tearing Down "Blight" in Baltimore”

David Rotenstein (Invisible Montgomery), “Suburbia’s Great Rebuilding: Gentrification, Displacement, and Erasure”


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