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Making Camp: A Visual History of Camping's Most Essential Items and Activities

Thursday, September 14, 2023 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Mann Library, 160
Cornell University Mann Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

While clean air and an open sky may be all we truly need for a great time outdoors, camping has become inextricably linked to specific activities such as erecting the tent and cooking over a fire. 

In a live, hybrid Chats in the Stacks book talk, Martin Hogue, associate professor of landscape architecture, will discuss his new book Making Camp: A Visual History of Camping's Most Essential Items and Activities (Princeton Architectural Press, 2023), in which he traces the radical transformation of recreational camping from the late nineteenth-century wilderness camp to our contemporary campgrounds with dense rows of individually numbered campsites. Utilizing drawings, patents, diagrams, sketches, paintings, advertisements, and historical photographs, Hogue shares the individual histories of key components that define this familiar and often generic spatial setting: the campsite, the campfire, the picnic table, the campground map, the tent, and the sleeping bag, as well as water distribution and trash collection systems. Hogue also argues that it is the subtle interplay between these various components—some already in place upon arrival, others imported by each occupant—that helps ensure the illusion that campers retain some agency in making their own camp. 

This talk is hosted by Mann Library. Light refreshments will be served. 


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To join the talk via Zoom livestream please register through the following link:

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Author Appearance, Special Event, Presentation


Cornell University Library, Mann Library, Landscape Architecture

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Cornell University Library, Mann Library, CUL, book talk, camping, visual studies

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Jenny Leijonhufvud


Martin Hogue

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Landscape Architecture

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No registration needed for in-person, but register via the link above to join the webinar.

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Free and open to all.

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