Thursday, June 25, 2015
Journeys Into “On the Road” or “Main Street” as an Affirmation of Shared Cultural Values and Symbols

“On the Road” or “Main Street” as an Affirmation of Shared Cultural Values and Symbols

It is clear to most that the advent of television in the Post World War II years played in important part in helping to define who we were an what we were about – purveyors and creators of popular culture. But there were other sources as well There are the places that are actual “All-American” Read Article

Posted by: Admin June 25, 20153:54 am
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Journeys Into Main Street as a Metaphor for What We Share In Common

Main Street as a Metaphor for What We Share In Common

In a recent posting on this site, we wrote of being informed, entertained and inspired by Miles Orvell’s, The Death and Life of Main Street: Small Towns in American Memory, Space, and Community (2012, The University of North Carolina Press). These inspiration triggered a number of follow-up postings based on themes raised by Orvell. This Read Article

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Journeys Into “Main Street” as a Place and as an Idea

“Main Street” as a Place and as an Idea

Notions of Main Street, the American Road, and hometown neighborhoods have long had a powerful hold on our notions of self. It was still only recently that Main Street became a powerful symbol to us all – a counterpoint to the excesses on Wall Street. Unlike the symbol of capitalism in New York’s financial district, Read Article

Posted by: Admin June 23, 201510:57 pm
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Journeys Into Bringing Then to Now

Bringing Then to Now

It’s a headline that I could not thinking about, “A Rebooted “Oklahoma” Brings 1943 Into 2015″. The article was about a Summer Stock production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. The director, Daniel Fish (age 48) had an interesting take on this favorite from a time long before he was born. His “Oklahoma!” — which Read Article

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Journeys Into The Value in Old Things That Are New Again

The Value in Old Things That Are New Again

Never much liked the song “Everything Old is New Again”. It just never really moved me. Seemed more than a bit too self-congratulatry. But here I now find myself invoking it for this entry. It is more than a little comforting to see “progress” humbled on occasion. Remember the “new Coke” ? These days, it Read Article

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Monday, June 22, 2015
Journeys Into The Role of Main Street in American Memory, Space and Community

The Role of Main Street in American Memory, Space and Community

As we journey together, the journeys are multi-faceted. There is a physical journey – such as a Journey into Hidden America or Canada. But there is an emotional aspect at well. We not only go to places beyond the interstate (whether Main Street or “off the beaten path”) to chronicle interesting activities, places and individuals Read Article

Posted by: Admin June 22, 20157:52 pm