by Nick Junge-
As years go by, current historical ballparks such as Wrigley Field and Fenway Park are continually being preserved. Unlike other ballparks such as the old Busch Stadium, which was replaced for a newer stadium, these two stadiums are constantly being preserved. Why do certain cities keep their historical ballparks for many years while others continually build a new stadium at every chance they get? I believe that it becomes a sense of pride. Wrigley field and Fenway Park are among the top ballparks in the country with great atmosphere and historic architecture.
Wrigley Field has many concerns that are being addressed each day such as falling bricks and out of date services. The organization always finds ways to preserve their landmarks. When the day comes that these ballparks are replaced, will they become storage for old cars seen earlier in class, or possibly become a museum in itself. Becoming a museum would be very interesting to see. The museum could entail all of the team’s history and events that the stadium may have held other than baseball. Not only are these sites for baseball, but they hold many memories that families will never forget even after it is gone.
by Nick Junge-
Throughout this semester in class we have talked about different types of public history. One place that we can consider as public history that we have not put much emphasis on is cemeteries. Cemeteries have always been an interest of mine because you can learn so much from the information that the graves present. They do not always present just death and sadness, but information about epidemics, wars, and the migrations of people. In my anthropology 111 class we had to do a project that made us go document 100 grave sites. With the different information on all of the graves we had to write a summary of possible reasons for low deaths in one year range and high deaths in another. Many of the deaths we recorded were individuals that fought in World War II.
Last summer I took a trip to Tennessee and while there I stopped in Franklin, Tennessee to visit the battlefield site. The last thing that we visited was the cemetery of the battlefield. This was very interesting to see where all of the soldiers came from to fight this battle. They had them organized state by state when they buried them. A big problem that they are having is preserving the gravestones to allow people to read them and know whom they are. They have a book that has each gravesite recorded so you can go and look if the gravestone is unclear.
by Nick Junge-
As we have discussed in class each week, sites in St. Louis are constantly under attack to be torn down and replaced with newer buildings. I always try to connect this with other cities where this is currently happening as well. Detroit, Michigan, is currently one of the more controversial places when it comes to public history. Both St. Louis and Detroit have faced or are currently facing deindustrialization. Both locations are losing traditional factory-style jobs that created the cities as they are. The factories that were used can be considered historic sites, but people do not have the same views. While factories and businesses are leaving, so are people. The suburbs of cities contain more money and more housing.
The sites of public history are often located in parts of cities where there is high crime rate and property values are low. Our class talked about this topic at the Urban Studio Café and how this has a negative effect on historic sites. Both in St. Louis and in Detroit, contractors are trying to buy up cheap property and develop it. As this problem is occurring in more than one place, organizations can have an advantage in preparing to save a site by learning other organizations’ techniques and what they do in their areas. Do you believe that since this is happening in more than one place we can learn more about saving these sites? In what ways do you feel these two locations are related?