TITLE

THE SOCIAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THE WATSON STORE TO THE COMMUNITY OF SPALDING, IDAHO

AUTHOR(S)
Heffner, Sarah
PUB. DATE
March 2011
SOURCE
Journal of Northwest Anthropology;Spring2011, Vol. 45 Issue 1, p57
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Sociologist Ray Oldenburg described a "third place" as "a generic designation for a great variety of public places that host the regular, voluntary, informal, and happily anticipated gatherings of individuals beyond the realms of home and work" (1997:16). One such place, the Watson Store, a general store located in Spalding, Idaho, served the community for over 50 years (1911-1964). The store was a third place in the sense that it brought the community together in a friendly and social environment where everyone was treated equally, regardless of race or socioeconomic status. Using a variety of sources, including interviews, information gathered from Nez Perce National Historical Park archives, and analyses of artifacts from the Park's Watson Store Collection, I illustrate the importance of the Watson Store as a third place to the community of Spalding, Idaho.
ACCESSION #
60617070

 

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