In 1977, a group of students and Dr. Bob Alrutz, a biology professor at Denison, began an experiment. Their mission was to create an agriculturally based, self-reliant, democratic community. The land would serve as the experiment station; and they would test environmentally sound materials, agricultural and living practices. Faculty and students worked together performing research and constructing buildings. Homesteaders initiated seminar projects with a variety of teachers including Dr. Bob Alrutz and Dr. Paul Bennett. The original founders built three cabins to house twelve students, with the expectation that those cabins would come down and new ones would be built about every three to five years.
Today, the Homestead is a living-learning experience unique among American colleges and universities. It is a student-run intentional community with a focus on ecological sustainability.
Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the Five Colleges of Ohio (Next Steps in the Next Generation Library: Integrating Digital Collections into the Liberal Arts Curriculum, 2010)
Acknowledgments: Joshua Finnell (Humanities Librarian); Linda Krumholz (Associate Professor of English); Juan Pablo Sarmiento Torres (Denison Class of 2013); Elizabeth Shoby (Denison Class of 2013); Kyle Plummer (Denison Class of 2012); Henry Jochem (Denison Class of 2012); Ryan Culligan (Denison Class of 2014); Greggory Gassman (University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies, Class of 2013); Christopher Jacob (Indiana University Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology)
The archival team on this project did their best to identify persons, authors and contributors in photos and documents. However, if you recognize yourself or a photograph you snapped while at the Homestead please contact us and we will be happy to credit you. The archive only gains in value from richer description. Conversely, if you wish to have an item connected to you removed from the archive please let us know. Contact Denison University Libraries (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.