In my last post I passed along some high-concept (for small Civil War sites) programming suggestions for ways to create dialog at museums and historic sites surrounding Civil War memory and the Confederate flag. All of those ideas require time, money, and planning, and are rather, anyhow, out of the ordinary for most sites. But what… More Working provocation into existing interpretation
A Department of Cultural Resources official responded to my letter posted below. I wrote back. I have not heard anything since. I took the response as boilerplate, probably sent out to a dozen cranks like me. It indicated that DCR energy on the issue of Confederate historical memory is being channeled into the monumental landscape (.pdf)… More Where is #museumsrespondtoCharleston?
Below is a copy of a letter I sent to Secretary of Cultural Resources Susan Kluttz and Deputy Secretary Kevin Cherry. This version includes links. See below for a disclaimer that I did not include. I am not privy to the most recent conversations within DCR regarding this issue, so I’d be glad for correction… More Letter to the Department of Cultural Resources on the Confederate flag
Thinking of cranking this thing back up, so I have updated the theme. Everything below this post I composed over a year ago–so historicize those, please. And it looks like all my links were lost with the theme change.
A few days ago Kevin Levin asked about ways to teach secession beyond the Charles Dew formula. At least that’s what I thought he was getting at. I considered it quite a bit and prepared some comments, but went back and read Kevin’s post more closely and found that he appeared to be baiting his… More Teaching Dew
Well, this class is finished and I am not certain what the students might takeaway from it. I can imagine that they have developed good analytical habits, and some of them might indeed employ then in constructing a good argument. But I’ll never know. Years ago the museum guy John Falk talked about “will have… More Class summary: thoughts on Calder
So, about that… Last week we covered the Fundamentalist movement of the 1910s and 1920s and read quite a bit about the Fundamentalist disdain for the chaos and complexity of modernity. Now, I didn’t realize this until I went back and re-read the primary documents on Nazi Germany, but much of their rhetoric regarding art,… More I accidentally Godwinned my students