Melinda Milligan Explores Strategies of Preservation in Historic Home Tours

melindamilligan.jpgThe School of Social Sciences' Brown Bag Series next installment features Melinda Milligan, Sociology, who will discuss her recent work "The Sociology of the Historic Home Tour" at noon on Nov. 12 in Stevenson 2011.

Milligan discusses her ongoing research on organized tours of historic houses and neighborhoods. Historic preservation advocacy organizations often use these tours to raise funds and increase community awareness of preservation issues.

Based on participant observation in the greater New Orleans and San Francisco areas, her research suggests that analysis of the homes selected for tour inclusion provides insight into the definition and enactment of preservationist ideologies by these organizations and the resulting consequences for the historic built environment.

The homes are chosen to define organizational identities both inside and outside the preservation movement, specifically to claim legitimacy with insiders and to justify the movement to outsiders, she says.

The presentation will focuses especially on the ways in which preservation organizations may be seen as social movement organizations that negotiate and frame their identities and agendas via the homes selected for tour inclusion.

The School Brown Bags are always free, held on selected Tuesdays throughout the term and are open to faculty, staff, students, and interested others.

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