Jackrabbit Homestead


Jackrabbit Homestead is a published book, photographic exhibit, and web-based multimedia presentation featuring a downloadable car audio tour exploring the cultural legacy of the Small Tract Act in Southern California’s Morongo Basin region near Joshua Tree National Park. Stories from this underrepresented regional history are told through the voices of local residents, historians, and area artists—many of which reside in reclaimed historic cabins and use the structures as inspiration for their creative work.

Stringfellow partnered with the Twentynine Palms Historical Society to host a culminating public event that celebrated the public release of the audio tour. Funding for the audio tour was provided in part, by a grant from the California Council for the Humanities as part of the Council’s statewide California Stories Initiative. The Council is an independent non-profit organization and a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information on the Council and the California Stories Initiative, visit calhum.org.

Jackrabbit Homestead: Tracing the Small Tract Act in the Southern California Landscape, 1938-2008 was published in December 2009 by the Center for American Places. The publication was supported by a generous grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Support was also provided through San Diego State University.

Exhibitions of Jackrabbit Homestead include the Autry National Center (September 13, 2014 – August 23, 2015) and UC Riverside’s Culver Center for the Arts (2013).

Jackrabbit Homestead was featured on KCET Artbound—a transmedia project dedicated to the arts and culture of the Southern and Central California. Click here to read my June 2012 Artbound blog installment on jackrabbit homesteading or to view the video feature below on iPads and other mobile devices that do not support Flash.

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