Historical Landscapes

Full Course Title: 
Historical Landscapes
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Section Number(s) and Day/Times Taught: 
172: TR 2:00-3:15PM
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173: TR 3:30-4:45PM
Fall 2017
The Arts
Civic Engagement

Landscapes, as studied by geographers, anthropologists, and archaeologists, have been interpreted in diverse ways. Common to these diverse approaches is an increasing attention to landscape in everyday life. As embodied individuals we enter relationships with landscapes. As we move through landscapes, they can penetrate our interior world, provide resources for shaping our sense of who we are, and teach us how to behave and treat others. In this class we draw on methods from geography, archaeology, and history to discover the late 19th century landscape of Boone and surrounding Watauga County.  This seminar provides hands-on opportunities for research with archival documents, photographs, maps, and limited, non-invasive archaeological survey. Field trips to historic sites within the county will be possible once the weather warms up later in the semester.


Avery-Quinn, Sam

Samuel Avery-Quinn is a Lecturer in First Year Seminar.  He holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee, and a Masters of Arts degree from the Iliff School of Theology, a United Methodist seminary at the University of Denver.  His research interests focus on the intersection of landscape, material culture, and religion (particularly Evangelical Christianity and Islam).  His most recent publications have explored class and landscape in the American Holiness movement, race and religion in post-Civil War Southern Appalachia, and the landscape theology and urban design of religious resorts in the Northeastern United States.  He is currently working on a study of the historical ecology of the New Jersey Pine Barrens

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Rick Klima

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