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Disposing of ModernityThe Archaeology of Garbage and Consumerism during Chicago's 1893 World's Fair$
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Rebecca S. Graff

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813066493

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813066493.001.0001

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At the Center of the World, Again

(p.160) 6 Conclusion
Disposing of Modernity

Rebecca S. Graff

University Press of Florida

The final chapter concludes by deliberately returning to present day, presentist concerns—ones explicitly engaged through the archaeology of the contemporary. Here, Jackson Park’s current reappearance on the world stage as the future home of the Obama Presidential Center is reckoned with, along with the Charnley House and related contemporary archaeological and architectural preservation efforts. By looking at these “strangely familiar” experiences of time, domesticity, consumption, and disposal of the recent past through the frame of contemporary archaeology, the chapter argues that these historical trends that impact the present are, in fact, of the present itself.

Keywords:   contemporary archaeology, Obama Presidential Center, consumption, disposal, present, Charnley House, Jackson Park, Chicago

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