Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Reading Arizona's Verde Valley: Agri-ecology, industry, landscape change, and public history, 1864-2014
by McCarthy, Mary A., M.A., Northern Arizona University, 2014, 237; 1556546
Abstract (Summary)

Focusing on the relationships between agriculture, industry, and sense of place, this thesis explores the dynamic landscapes and identities of the Verde Valley from the establishment of Anglo settlements in 1864 to the agricultural renaissance in 2014. It argues that agriculture remains an important part of the Verde Valley's physical and cultural landscape that should be better represented in public history exhibits. Using a methodology featuring interviews, archival research, and public history theory, this thesis takes an agri-ecological approach. This perspective internalizes the effects of farming upon the landscape, and situates it within the region's socio-economic-environmental ecosystem. This thesis also analyzes the valley's public history sites and the absence of its agri-ecological narrative. Renarrativization and the incorporation of living history techniques are two methods that can integrate agriculture into an existing site, such as Slide Rock State Park, or a future site, such as the Verde Valley Agricultural Heritage Center.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Amundson, Michael
Commitee: Friederici, Peter, Rosendale, Steve
School: Northern Arizona University
Department: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: American history, History, Sustainability, Museum studies
Keywords: Agriculture, Environmental history, Farming, Public history, Sense of place, Verde valley
Publication Number: 1556546
ISBN: 9781303920172