Examining other Cultural Landscape Blogs

Through the last eight posts, we have learned a lot about the cultural landscape of our subject of research, the town of Gettysburg. 
There are other aspects of this town that deserve much examination as well, including the campus of Gettysburg College and the Gettysburg National Military Park. 
A blog, titled, Breidenbaugh Landscape Blog, examined the academic building Breidenbaugh Hall on the campus of Gettysburg College. This group took a different approach to the blog, by only focusing on one building within their cultural landscape. There are many common ideas and themes between our two blogs, but something was very different. A lot of structural changes have happened to Breidenbaugh Hall throughout the years. The building was built after the Civil War had ended, thus having little historical significance to the battle that happened in Gettysburg during that hot July in 1863. Because the building was built afterwards, thus not protected by laws that protect buildings like the train station and the David Wills house. I really liked their approach to their blog. They showed that a cultural landscape can be as small as a building, while others can be as large as thousands of acres, like the battlefield adjacent to the college. I would ask the question as to how difficult it was to find information about just one building to base an entire project on Breidenbaugh Hall. 
The other landscape blog group examined is On Great Fields. This blog was superb, and really did shed light on the Gettysburg National Military Park as a cultural landscape. While the Breidenbaugh blog focused on something small, this blog focused on a large topic, much larger than the town that we explored. This group did have similarities with ours, in that they saw the clash of the historical cultural landscape with the current cultural landscape. The battlefield looks very similar to how it did in 1863, just as the buildings in the town that we focused on do. However, the purpose for the battlefield has changed, now a preserved destination for tourists, no longer owned by the farmers, but by the National Park Service. It must have been hard to deal with such a large landscape, but the group decided to pick two major parts of the battlefield to focus on, Devils Den and the Eternal Peace Monument. These two locations are very different from each other, and really provide readers with an idea of how the park has changed. The monument was added much later, but the rocks in Devils Den have been sitting there since long before the battle. This shows that the battlefield has become a memorial over time, but one that still resembles how the landscape would have looked in 1863. The question I would ask the group is why exactly did you chose the monument and Devils Den as your two areas of focus? 

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3 comments on “Examining other Cultural Landscape Blogs

  1. mccama02 says:

    Is there a difference between the effects of people who are simply residents of the town or organizations specifically geared towards restoring sites?

    • koesno01 says:

      Yes. The people who live here are like normal people. They just happen to have a battlefield for a backyard and live in one of the most historic towns in the country. The organizations preserve and protect sites that have historical significance. Generally, but not always, these sites are not residential. So these groups are separate from the residents. That isn’t to say that no residents are not part of the organizations or put efforts into protecting the historical significance of their town.

  2. koesno01 says:

    I looked at the blogs “The Town, The Ghosts, The People” and “On Great Fields”. I chose these two because I wanted to see how another group went about doing the town like my group did, and I wanted to see what a group learned about the battlefield, which was my second choice for this project.
    “The Town, The Ghosts, The People” blog was very different is how it was set up from ours. They made it very personal. They talked much more in first person than we did. They focused on many of the same locations as we did (the Jennie Wade House, David Wills House, and the Train Station) but their voice and discussion is definitely different and unique. I agree with most of the opinions they presented, and admire how they incorporated opinions with facts.
    In the “On Great Fields” blog (great name by the way), I really liked their pictures. it made it entertaining to read about the Sharpshooter’s Den and the Peace Light Memorial. I also really love history, and places like the Sharpshooter’s Den where something really interesting happened.

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