Public History

A few years ago I was approached about getting involved in the founding of a new Civil War museum in Spotsylvania County.  I was appreciative of the offer, but declined owing to some of the unanswered questions that still lingered.  Well, Executive Director Terry Thomann managed to open his museum and even had plans to [...]

Perhaps I've spent too much time studying how Americans have used public spaces to commemorate and remember their past, but I don't get overly emotional around statues and other such sites.  My first thought is almost always about the people - including the profile of the individual/group - who chose to shape a particular landscape [...]

From the beginning of its formation, one of the central goals for the Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission has been educational outreach.  It is doing this in a number of ways from organizing conferences to creating mobile exhibits that will travel throughout the state between 2011 and 2015.  Included in this is the creation of educational materials [...]

So, just as I was finishing packing for my trip to Louisville tomorrow when I received a phone call asking me to moderate a panel on Saturday morning.  I will be filling in for Gary Gallagher on a session titled, "The Public Presentation and Interpretation of Slavery and Slave Resistance: A Roundtable Discussion." It's a [...]

I am working to finish up an essay on Robert E. Lee's Arlington House for a collection of essays on Southern Tourism edited by Karen Cox.  The tentative title is, "The Robert E. Lee Memorial: A Conflict of Interpretation".  My research on this subject has taken a couple of turns since I agreed to be [...]

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