A Place at the Table: The Role of Historic Sites in Gentrifying Neighborhoods; Our Stories: Shaw through the 1970s Open Access

This thesis project challenges museums and historic sties to reexamine their function and role in transitioning or gentrifying neighborhoods. Located in the Shaw, one of DC’s oldest African American neighborhoods and most recently gentrified neighborhoods, the proposed exhibition will be the inaugural exhibition at the newly restored Carter G Woodson Historic House. It will explore life in Shaw during the 1970s through the lives of its residents. The exhibition intends to facilitate multigenerational dialogue by engaging past and present residents of the Shaw neighborhood as well as students and alumni of Howard University in active memory sharing.Additionally, the proposal outlines research methodologies and findings in the areas of audience and community engagement, site-specific interpretation, and the role of neighborhood museums in urban centers.

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