ERIC Number: ED312188
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
The Grouse Creek Cultural Survey: Integrating Folklife and Historic Preservation Field Research.
Carter, Thomas; Fleischhauer, Carl
Grouse Creek is a small Mormon ranching community in the extreme northwest corner of Utah. A survey of that community was conducted during 1985 by a team of folklorists, architectural historians, and historians, with the purpose of testing the idea of combining in the same fieldwork a concern for architecture, folk arts, and folklife. The work was motivated by a growing commitment among public sector historians and folklorists to a more comprehensive approach to preservation that includes both tangible and intangible cultural resources and embraces both the historical past and the cultural present. The focus of this report is not on history or ethnography, but on concept and method. It examines one project, reviewing its background and genesis, describing its planning and execution, reporting its findings (which comprise approximately one half of the document), and judging what may be learned from it. The benefits of the Grouse Creek project extended to all of the participating agencies, and the survey's findings and the development of the extensive project archive will encourage future exhibits or publications. An integrated survey is more time-consuming and costly than a less elaborate architectural survey; an appendix offers an overview of the project's costs. A brief summary of the project archive and a 17-item bibliography are also included. Document contains black and white photographs. (JB)
Descriptors: Architectural Character, Architecture, Area Studies, Community Study, Community Surveys, Cultural Background, Ethnography, Field Studies, Folk Culture, Interdisciplinary Approach, Local History, Naturalistic Observation, Research Methodology, Rural Areas, Social History
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Books; Historical Materials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Park Service (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Library of Congress, Washington, DC. American Folklife Center.
Identifiers - Location: Utah