This project studies the link between farms and families, and in particular, my family. It is a systematic study of my family’s cultural geography and the geomorphologic history of the land itself. The landscape was broken down into plants, water, soils, and geology. My family’s past was studied through the context of greater migration patterns though out history. Then, to tie these two parts together, family stories were collected that document the relationship between my family and their interactions with the land. Landscapes have the power to tell stories about who we are and how we have gotten there. By studying my family’s land, I was able to learn about a part of my history that was completely unknown to me and that is on the verge of being lost. Knowing who we are and where we come from helps us decide who we want to be and where we are going. This thesis answers personal questions, while also displaying what can be learned by intimately studying one landscape through the lens of one family.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2012


David Zurick

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Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

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