Abstract

Dark tourism, or the study of the act of travel to sites associated with death, suffering, and the seemingly macabre, is becoming increasingly popular. The administrative staff who run these sites carry the responsibility of bridging the gap between tourist and community. Administrative perspectives on a business level as well as a personal level reflect a deeper understanding of dark tourism in the Midwest. Six case studies were conducted via interview: Saloon No. 10; the Villisca Axe Murder House; Oakland Cemetery; the Glensheen Mansion; Ohio State Reformatory; and Molly Stark Park. The administrative structures of these sites and their correlation with the paranormal influence the success of these sites as they fit into dark tourism.

Advisor

Kathryn Elliott

Committee Member

Rhonda Dass

Committee Member

Brian Frink

Date of Degree

2020

Language

english

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Anthropology

College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

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