Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

Date of Award

Summer 2011

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in American Studies (MAST)


American Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Linda Stewart

Second Advisor

Dr. LeeAnn Lands


This project was created to advance the knowledge of local historic preservation, to open adialogue with the public and to be used as an example for others seeking to understand themotivations and experiences of historic preservation participants and stakeholders in otherlocations. It seeks to bring the offline conversation about historic preservation in Roswell, GAinto an online space. This was done by constructing a blog that provides readers with informativearticles about Roswell’s historic preservation efforts and invites them to participate bycontributing their own experiences with the city’s history. The articles were informed bysecondary research from historic preservation scholarship, first-hand observation, and interviewswith people (“participants”) involved in various aspects of Roswell’s historic preservation.Because online discussion of historic preservation is still a developing entity and because awidespread advertising campaign to raise awareness of the blog is crucial, “Preserving Roswell”transitioned from its original purpose as an interactive space to discuss Roswell’s historicpreservation into an educational resource for its readers.