Learning how to see and understand the house is one of the most effective ways to learn about place and to develop a sense of place. Houses expose patterns of thought that go into building, preserving, and remembering them. They reflect the beliefs of the individuals and societies who create them, as well as those of the individuals and societies who change them. Domestic architecture points people toward an understanding of who they were before and who they are now.
With this website, I will share my ideas about “home” and about how houses help to develop a sense of place and a sense of identity. Besides sharing my general thoughts in a blog, I will offer some ideas on the intersections of Material and Visual Culture, Sense of Place, Art and Architectural History, and Peace Studies with houses and homes. As of April 2013, I will also chronicle my experiences making a double bass. Please check out the “About Me” page to learn more about my educational background and research interests. Go to www.commons.esc.edu/publichistory/ to learn more about the Advanced Certificate in Public History. I hope you enjoy my thoughts on “home.”