Freshman Scholars Program 2012

Thoreau Cabin Replicas

Instructor:  John Kitterman, Ph.D.


Project Description:

Up to two students interested in English, recreation, history, environmental science, or art; student(s) should have web research skills, good reading and writing skills, and an interest in nature building.

This project has two parts. The first is assisting in researching and writing a book about people who have built replicas of Thoreau’s famous cabin. This involves doing searches on the internet, collecting information and cataloging it, and organizing material for a manuscript. The second part involves becoming a guide at the Thoreau cabin replica on campus, taking students and guests to the cabin and explaining its history and meaning, and maintaining the cabin and site.  Another responsibility will include expanding and maintaining a website for cabin replicas.


John Kitterman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English, specializing in modern American literature, creative writing, and film. He has written articles on Thoreau and his cabin for The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Thoreau Newsletter. His American Nature Writers classes built a replica of the cabin on campus.

If you have specific questions about this project, please contact Dr. Kitterman directly at JKitterman@ferrum.edu.

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