Tag Archives: Preservation

How One Agency Is Fixing American Amnesia About Reconstruction

14 Sep

A new initiative by the National Parks Service seeks to designate sites for their historic significance in the Reconstruction era. It’s a bold and vital move for an agency that has only recently begun to seriously address the racial complexities of the Civil War. Read Maura Ewing’s report at the Pacific Standard about this here: How One Agency Is Fixing American Amnesia About Reconstruction – Pacific Standard

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This Replica of a Tlingit Killer Whale Hat Is Spurring Dialogue About Digitization

11 Sep

Collaboration between museums and indigenous groups provides educational opportunities, archival documentation—and ethical dilemmas. Read Meilan Solly’s report here at the Smithsonian: This Replica of a Tlingit Killer Whale Hat Is Spurring Dialogue About Digitization | At the Smithsonian | Smithsonian

American Historical Association Statement on Confederate Monuments (August 2017)

30 Aug

The American Historical Association welcomes the emerging national debate about Confederate monuments. Much of this public statuary was erected without such conversations, and without any public decision-making process. Across the country, communities face decisions about the disposition of monuments and memorials, and commemoration through naming of public spaces and buildings. These decisions require not only attention to historical facts, including the circumstances under which monuments were built and spaces named, but also an understanding of what history is and why it matters to public culture.

Read the rest of the statement here: AHA Statement on Confederate Monuments (August 2017) | AHA

I used to lead tours at a plantation. You won’t believe the questions I got about slavery.

28 Aug

“Did the slaves here appreciate the care they got from their mistress?” one woman asked, pinchedly.

Read the rest of Margaret Biser’s account of leading tours that taught about slavery on a southern plantation: I used to lead tours at a plantation. You won’t believe the questions I got about slavery. – Vox

Before Ellis Island Existed, Castle Garden Welcomed Houdini and Typhoid Mary

11 Apr

The immigration records from 1885 that shows, on line 33,”Friedr. Trumpf” – grandfather to Donald. (Photo: US Government/Public Domain)

How a one-time beer garden became an immigration hub.

Source: Before Ellis Island Existed, Castle Garden Welcomed Houdini and Typhoid Mary | Atlas Obscura

Elevating the Unique Heritage of Blood Run National Historic Landmark

31 Mar

Here’s a brief description and then an update on developments for the preservation of an major Native American site here in northwest Iowa. Written by Jen Bancescu, State Historic Sites Manager, State Historical Society of Iowa: Elevating the Unique Heritage of Blood Run National Historic Landmark — Medium

A Graphic Guide to Cemetery Symbolism

15 Mar

Here’s a concise guide to some symbols that you might find in a cemetery (particularly American ones older than, say, 1880): A Graphic Guide to Cemetery Symbolism | Atlas Obscura

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