International Journal of Historical Archaeology

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 222–235

Being Toured While Digging Tourism: Excavating the Familiar at Chicago’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition



DOI: 10.1007/s10761-011-0138-x

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Graff, R.S. Int J Histor Archaeol (2011) 15: 222. doi:10.1007/s10761-011-0138-x


Chicago’s Jackson Park witnessed intense and sustained tourism during the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Recent archaeological survey and excavation produced information about the tourist experience of the Fair in a somewhat familiar artifactural form. The dig drew local tourists whose appetites for the Exposition were whetted by a bestselling book. At the heart of these multiple touristic consumptions in, and of, Jackson Park lies the central issue—the way that tourists create themselves as modern subjects through the practice of tourism and how this process can be both helped and hindered by the presence of familiar objects.



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