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Suburbs compose a large portion of the American cultural landscape, however, many historical institutions in suburban communities stop their narratives at the twentieth century.

Harry Klinkhamer provides a history of American suburbs, showing their importance in the historical record.

Klinkhamer calls for inclusion of suburban history in local history museums and organizations and provides resources that will aid in the research and interpretation of these ubiquitous landscapes.

His overview of how to read the residential, commercial, and environmental landscape will help strengthen interpretations of the modern, defined as World War II to the present, era of suburban life.

Technical Leaflet #236 (2006)