Date of Award:
Master of Science (MS)
Department name when degree awarded
American Studies (Folklore)
This thesis examines the central role that volunteerism plays in creating a strong sense of sense of place and community within the town of Rockville, Utah, located 4.7 miles from Zion National Park. Rockville has no commercial businesses within its boundaries and relies heavily upon the volunteer efforts of its residents to carry out the majority of civil services within the town. Drawing from interviews of the STP’s (a group of Rockville residents who volunteer on a regular basis), this thesis highlights how the act of volunteerism helps residents feel membership within their community. This thesis also looks at how the STPs’ participation in town socials, clean-ups, and helping neighbors affected by natural disasters, helps them feel a deeper sense of belonging within their community.
Edwards, Tori, "The Same Ten People (STPs) of Rockville: Volunteerism, Preservation, and Sense of Community in Small-town Southern Utah" (2017). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 6214.