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Date of Award
Master of Science in Industrial Archaeology (MS)
College, School or Department Name
Department of Social Sciences
Susan R Martin
Historical stained glass in Calumet and Laurium revealed the complex structures of these industrial communities. Creating an Industrial Archaeology-focused approach, I examined stained glass as material culture.
Sacred glass revealed ethnic and religious values of a congregation through the style, iconography, and quality of the glasswork. Residential glass showed how owners represented themselves within cultural settings by meeting social expectations. Commercial glass indicated community status of owners through discreet and artistic shows of wealth and taste. Corporate glass displayed prosperity and belonging through the superior quality and cost of the glasswork.
Viewing stained glass as material culture opened new methods of looking at both stained glass and industrial communities. Findings from my research can teach the public about the importance of preserving and conserving stained glass, and that can lead to greater public appreciation for the material culture found within these industrial communities.
Rudkin, James A., "A cold blizzard was raging, but the light shone brightly' : social networks presented in stained glass within an industrial community", Master's Thesis, Michigan Technological University, 2011.