Mapping Manning
Mapping Manning

While searching through the University of North Carolina at Greensboro's archives in the fall of 2012, I came across a large topographical map of the North Carolina Normal and Industrial School (now UNCG).  Created in 1902 by Warren H. Manning, a protégé of landscape architect William Law Olmstead, this map acted as a master plan for the school’s building boom in the early 20th century.  In addition to beautifully illustrating the footprints of existing buildings, recreational areas, and land use designated for the function of the school, such as a hot house, hog pens, and dairy barns, the maps also listed existing natural landscape phenomena within the largely undeveloped 112 acres allotted to the university.  

Using Manning's map, I invited students and faculty across disciplines to recreate the mandatory walk using Manning's map as a guide to explore the contemporary landscape of the university.  I created several sculptures in the landscape that acted as markers on the walk that were based on historical events that happened in the early years of the college.  

Warren H. Manning
Warren H. Manning

Portrait of Warren Manning

Image of Manning's map
Image of Manning's map
Dr. Anna Gove
Dr. Anna Gove

Dr. Anna Gove, one of North Carolina's first female doctors, assigned a mandatory walking period assigned to young women in attendance at the State Normal and Industrial School.  From 1892 into the early 1920’s, students would have to spend about forty-five minutes every afternoon before dinner either walking or playing sports to "improve their constitution."

 NC Normal and Industrial School students taking a walk through Peabody Park.

NC Normal and Industrial School students taking a walk through Peabody Park.

  Hot House,  2013, wood plastic, stool, hot house tomatoes   Hot House  stands on the location where the college's original hot house once stood in the early twentieth century.

Hot House, 2013, wood plastic, stool, hot house tomatoes

Hot House stands on the location where the college's original hot house once stood in the early twentieth century.

  Bluff,  2013, wood, wood putty, cloth, and wire, dimensions variable   Bluff  demarcates the location of the original bluff outlined in Manning's map of the State Normal and Industrial School.

Bluff, 2013, wood, wood putty, cloth, and wire, dimensions variable

Bluff demarcates the location of the original bluff outlined in Manning's map of the State Normal and Industrial School.

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  Marker for Typhoid Fever Outbreak of 1899,  2013, paper cups, rock, sticks  In the winter of 1899-1900, a typhoid fever epidemic erupted and killed fourteen students.  When indoor plumbing was installed in the school buildings in 1895, it was impossible to connect with the city’s water supply.  The Normal school got permission to run its own sewer lines in to the woods (Peabody Park).  Open sewage drained into the North Buffalo Creek and ultimately the Greensboro water supply.    The typhoid epidemic was traced to a well used for drinking water in the dining hall and a leaking sewer connection 125 feet away from that source. The fever appeared on campus in early November 1899 and was at first mistaken for malaria.   

Marker for Typhoid Fever Outbreak of 1899, 2013, paper cups, rock, sticks

In the winter of 1899-1900, a typhoid fever epidemic erupted and killed fourteen students.  When indoor plumbing was installed in the school buildings in 1895, it was impossible to connect with the city’s water supply.  The Normal school got permission to run its own sewer lines in to the woods (Peabody Park).  Open sewage drained into the North Buffalo Creek and ultimately the Greensboro water supply. 

 The typhoid epidemic was traced to a well used for drinking water in the dining hall and a leaking sewer connection 125 feet away from that source. The fever appeared on campus in early November 1899 and was at first mistaken for malaria.

 

  Marker for Typhoid Fever Epidemic of 1899

Marker for Typhoid Fever Epidemic of 1899

  Site Marker for Dump , 2013  Sculpture created for the site of the school's original dumpsite.

Site Marker for Dump, 2013

Sculpture created for the site of the school's original dumpsite.

  Approaching Women's Rove   Expanding on my initial research of direct physical engagement with the landscape, I partnered with Danielle Kinne  to create  Woman’s Rove , a site-specific dance performance.  The performance was designed around a bunker.  The content of the choreography was in response to the role of physical education in the school’s early history.  Our process began with identifying overarching themes derived from my research. With Danielle’s guidance, I developed gestural movement in response to the words ‘women’s place’, ‘labor’, ‘class’, ‘perimeter’, and ‘calisthenics’.  

Approaching Women's Rove

Expanding on my initial research of direct physical engagement with the landscape, I partnered with Danielle Kinne  to create Woman’s Rove, a site-specific dance performance.  The performance was designed around a bunker.  The content of the choreography was in response to the role of physical education in the school’s early history.  Our process began with identifying overarching themes derived from my research. With Danielle’s guidance, I developed gestural movement in response to the words ‘women’s place’, ‘labor’, ‘class’, ‘perimeter’, and ‘calisthenics’.  

  Women's Rove , 2013.  Performed by Danielle Kinne and Elisa Foshay

Women's Rove, 2013.  Performed by Danielle Kinne and Elisa Foshay

  Women's Rove , 2013

Women's Rove, 2013

  Women's Rove , 2013

Women's Rove, 2013

  Women's Rove,  2013

Women's Rove, 2013

Mapping Manning
Warren H. Manning
Image of Manning's map
Dr. Anna Gove
 NC Normal and Industrial School students taking a walk through Peabody Park.
  Hot House,  2013, wood plastic, stool, hot house tomatoes   Hot House  stands on the location where the college's original hot house once stood in the early twentieth century.
  Bluff,  2013, wood, wood putty, cloth, and wire, dimensions variable   Bluff  demarcates the location of the original bluff outlined in Manning's map of the State Normal and Industrial School.
blufftalk.jpg
  Marker for Typhoid Fever Outbreak of 1899,  2013, paper cups, rock, sticks  In the winter of 1899-1900, a typhoid fever epidemic erupted and killed fourteen students.  When indoor plumbing was installed in the school buildings in 1895, it was impossible to connect with the city’s water supply.  The Normal school got permission to run its own sewer lines in to the woods (Peabody Park).  Open sewage drained into the North Buffalo Creek and ultimately the Greensboro water supply.    The typhoid epidemic was traced to a well used for drinking water in the dining hall and a leaking sewer connection 125 feet away from that source. The fever appeared on campus in early November 1899 and was at first mistaken for malaria.   
  Marker for Typhoid Fever Epidemic of 1899
  Site Marker for Dump , 2013  Sculpture created for the site of the school's original dumpsite.
  Approaching Women's Rove   Expanding on my initial research of direct physical engagement with the landscape, I partnered with Danielle Kinne  to create  Woman’s Rove , a site-specific dance performance.  The performance was designed around a bunker.  The content of the choreography was in response to the role of physical education in the school’s early history.  Our process began with identifying overarching themes derived from my research. With Danielle’s guidance, I developed gestural movement in response to the words ‘women’s place’, ‘labor’, ‘class’, ‘perimeter’, and ‘calisthenics’.  
  Women's Rove , 2013.  Performed by Danielle Kinne and Elisa Foshay
  Women's Rove , 2013
  Women's Rove , 2013
  Women's Rove,  2013
Mapping Manning

While searching through the University of North Carolina at Greensboro's archives in the fall of 2012, I came across a large topographical map of the North Carolina Normal and Industrial School (now UNCG).  Created in 1902 by Warren H. Manning, a protégé of landscape architect William Law Olmstead, this map acted as a master plan for the school’s building boom in the early 20th century.  In addition to beautifully illustrating the footprints of existing buildings, recreational areas, and land use designated for the function of the school, such as a hot house, hog pens, and dairy barns, the maps also listed existing natural landscape phenomena within the largely undeveloped 112 acres allotted to the university.  

Using Manning's map, I invited students and faculty across disciplines to recreate the mandatory walk using Manning's map as a guide to explore the contemporary landscape of the university.  I created several sculptures in the landscape that acted as markers on the walk that were based on historical events that happened in the early years of the college.  

Warren H. Manning

Portrait of Warren Manning

Image of Manning's map
Dr. Anna Gove

Dr. Anna Gove, one of North Carolina's first female doctors, assigned a mandatory walking period assigned to young women in attendance at the State Normal and Industrial School.  From 1892 into the early 1920’s, students would have to spend about forty-five minutes every afternoon before dinner either walking or playing sports to "improve their constitution."

NC Normal and Industrial School students taking a walk through Peabody Park.

Hot House, 2013, wood plastic, stool, hot house tomatoes

Hot House stands on the location where the college's original hot house once stood in the early twentieth century.

Bluff, 2013, wood, wood putty, cloth, and wire, dimensions variable

Bluff demarcates the location of the original bluff outlined in Manning's map of the State Normal and Industrial School.

Marker for Typhoid Fever Outbreak of 1899, 2013, paper cups, rock, sticks

In the winter of 1899-1900, a typhoid fever epidemic erupted and killed fourteen students.  When indoor plumbing was installed in the school buildings in 1895, it was impossible to connect with the city’s water supply.  The Normal school got permission to run its own sewer lines in to the woods (Peabody Park).  Open sewage drained into the North Buffalo Creek and ultimately the Greensboro water supply. 

 The typhoid epidemic was traced to a well used for drinking water in the dining hall and a leaking sewer connection 125 feet away from that source. The fever appeared on campus in early November 1899 and was at first mistaken for malaria.

 

Marker for Typhoid Fever Epidemic of 1899

Site Marker for Dump, 2013

Sculpture created for the site of the school's original dumpsite.

Approaching Women's Rove

Expanding on my initial research of direct physical engagement with the landscape, I partnered with Danielle Kinne  to create Woman’s Rove, a site-specific dance performance.  The performance was designed around a bunker.  The content of the choreography was in response to the role of physical education in the school’s early history.  Our process began with identifying overarching themes derived from my research. With Danielle’s guidance, I developed gestural movement in response to the words ‘women’s place’, ‘labor’, ‘class’, ‘perimeter’, and ‘calisthenics’.  

Women's Rove, 2013.  Performed by Danielle Kinne and Elisa Foshay

Women's Rove, 2013

Women's Rove, 2013

Women's Rove, 2013

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