Maintenance of a Tradition: An Analysis of Identity and Memory Making Processes at Rock Springs Camp-Meeting
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University of North Carolina at Charlotte
The Rock Springs camp-meeting in Denver, North Carolina is a communal religious gathering, the maintenance of which is passed down generationally and regarded by some as an important piece of Denver's community history. The camp-meeting phenomenon is an extant, Protestant revivalist tradition that still happens each summer across the United States. This thesis places the focus on how one camp-meeting community both speaks about and remembers their experiences tied to the place and event of Rock Springs camp-meeting. In this thesis I ask, how are memory- and identity- making processes expressed through oral history by long-standing camp meeting members? I argue that the stories they tell show that long-standing members set Rock Springs camp-meeting apart from the everyday world and representative of what long-standing camp participants view as an idealized "traditional" religion which they contrast with how they view the contemporary world outside of the campground. The narratives given to me in interview and questionnaire form by members of Rock Springs camp-meeting give insight into how an aging generation of people over fifty understand their roles as being both the inheritors and the stewards of a place where an idealized form of worship is preserved and a modern, contemporary world is interpreted.
American RevivalismCamp-MeetingEthnographySacred Space
Maguire, JoanneHoenes del Pinal, Eric
Thesis (M.A.)--University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2022.
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