Frontier heritage tourism has its roots in the 1920s with the rise of the affordable automobile. It increased in the 1950s with frontier-themed amusement parks springing up across the United States.

Dr. Daniel Maher, an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith will use “Confederates in the Attic” by Tony Horwitz to frame a presentation about frontier heritage tourism at the University of Arkansas at Monticello on November 4 at 6:30 p.m.

Maher’s close analysis of the American frontier reveals that it is an idea more than an actual place. He explores how the idea of the frontier has manifested itself in five eras in American history: removal, restraint, reservation, recreation, and redoubling. Using Fort Smith, Arkansas as an example, Maher examines how ideas of the frontier have created and reinforced whiteness and legitimated economic exploitation including control of profits from land, grazing, timber, minerals, pulp fiction, film, and tourism.

The program will be held in the Forestry Conference Room on the University of Arkansas-Monticello campus. The meeting is open to the public.