Making and Preserving the Nation’s Public Housing

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This is an extended version of the paper presentation I presented at the 2015 Hayes Graduate Research Forum, humanities division. It draws upon some of my dissertation research, including time spent with local preservationist activists. The paper examines the issue of historic preservation of public housing projects in the United States at both the national and local levels. It presents some mapping visualizations of the first wave of American public housing as well as the locations which have been officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The case study focuses on Poindexter Village in Columbus, Ohio, including some oral-history findings to analyze who and what the American nation chooses to value.


Humanities: 1st Place (The Ohio State University Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum)


Public History, Public Housing, Historic Preservation, Urban History, Oral History, Digital History