John Martin

laughing through grad school
(academic stuff) (hints of life beyond
school and work)
(Flying Moose videos, photos, stories, etc.) (observations)

Life History Theory and Methods

Self Narrative paper: Just after college, I, like many, did the post-college European tour. It was a way for me to get cultured, or at least get a bit of culture outside of my small town, Midwestern Lutheran shell. And of course, it was eye opening. Even though the bubble of Western Civilization continued to protect me, I saw things that caused me to reflect some. Partly for that reason, and partly just to document the first of what I was sure would be many eye-opening experiences in diverse countries I started writing down what I did everyday in a spiral notebook. More...

Ethics Paper: I am doing a site history on Flying Moose Lodge, a small woods camp for boys. It's been around since 1921, and has been run by someone in the Price family since 1940. When Harrie Price III ran it, from 1940 to 1986, he was a teacher in Philadelphia, and there was a lot of integration of camp responsibilities and teaching that he could do. When he retired in 1986, his son Harrie IV took over. Harrie IV was also a teacher, 5th grade, and he lived closer to the camp, in Maine. More...

FML in Balance: One of the strengths of Flying Moose Lodge (FML) is that it has an even balance between its base camp program and its trip camp program -- boys leave on trips each Tuesday and return to base camp on Friday to relax, recover, and prepare for the next week's trip. Because the camp is located on what is generally acknowledged in the parts as one of the most beautiful lakes in Maine, and because there is no electricity in camp, the time in camp can be as meditative as the trips. More...

Methodology Paper: Where life history work focuses on one individual, usually contributing as a living participant in the work, site history will rely on multiple voices -- informants developing and building on and each others' contributions and offering additional perspectives where needed. More...

Final: For this project, I read two site histories in order to compare and contrast them with each other. The two books I consider are A Bad Case of Moosepox by Harrie B. Price (1986), and Camp Dudley: The First Hundred Years, edited by Hale, Jones, Keeler, and Schmidt (1984). For purposes of brevity, I'll refer to the books as Moosepox and Dudley. More...