Date of Award
Master of Arts in American Studies (MAST)
Dr. Linda Stewart
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.