Earlier this week Rowman & Littlefield shared the cover for my forthcoming book, Interpreting the Civil War at Museums and Historic Sites. They offered a choice between two color patterns, but we ended going with the obvious blue and grey colors. Yes, a bit of a cliche, but I still think it was the right choice.
While the book is geared to public historians, it should find a wide readership, especially among those of you who have followed this blog over the years. I was never trained as a public historian and my understanding of recent theory and the broader jargon of the discipline is minimal at best.
Individual chapters address questions and challenges that I have struggled with over the years. Think of this book as my attempt to get those answers from people who I deeply respect.
For example, Christy Coleman tackles interpreting the Civil War in which the Lost Cause took shape early on after the war. Eric Emerson offers an incredibly detailed analysis of the history of the Confederate battle flag in South Carolina before sharing his ideas about how the flag that was recently lowered should be interpreted in a museum setting. And Todd Groce walks the reader through the many landmines of revising and adding to Georgia’s historical markers program.
Let me know if you have any questions. I do hope you will consider checking it out.