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dc.contributor.authorHelfgot, Rebekah Tamar
dc.description.abstractThe Wren’s Nest, Atlanta’s first house museum, was established in 1913. Formerly the home of author Joel Chandler Harris (1846 – 1908), Harris was best known for writing the Uncle Remus stories. The museum has a complicated history that involves Harris himself, the management of the museum, and the socio-cultural aspects of the time. Accusations of cultural appropriation inherent in Harris’s use of the stories, the segregated site management, the association with Disney’s Song of the South, and the changing demographics of the West End over the site’s 105-year history, collide at the Wren’s Nest. This thesis considers these topics in light of the Museum’s current mission statement and strategic plan alongside two frameworks; one addressing practical house museum management and the other, the theory of third space. It provides an assessment of the Wren’s Nest’s potential to become a more valued, influential, and educational historic site.
dc.subjecthistoric house museum
dc.subjecthistoric preservation
dc.subjectsite interpretation
dc.subjectoral history
dc.subjectUncle Remus
dc.subjectJoel Chandler Harris
dc.subjectthe Wren’s Nest
dc.titleThe Wren's Nest:
dc.title.alternativean Atlanta landmark reclaimed
dc.description.departmentCollege of Environment and Design
dc.description.majorHistoric Preservation
dc.description.advisorWayde Brown
dc.description.committeeWayde Brown
dc.description.committeeMelissa Swindell
dc.description.committeeAkela Reason
dc.description.committeeCari Goetcheus

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