The Third Place ProjectPage address: http://www.mnsu.edu/voices/thirdplaceproject.html
Third Places are gathering places between home and work; the term was coined by sociologist Ray Oldenburg in his book The Great Good Place. Typically something functional is done in a third place--eating, shopping, getting a haircut--but something else is done here, too--people hang out, they talk, they build community, they have fun.
In the summer of 2008, I spent time in four of Greater Mankato's third places. Through audio and photos, I attempt to capture what makes these places so special and so important to our community.
**In the summer of 2009, I began exploring local third places that have come and gone. These include...
**Click here to see notes from Ray Oldenburg's book, The Great Good Place
**This project was funded in part through a Presidential Teaching Scholar Fellowship from Minnesota State University, Mankato in the summer of 2008.