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  • Table of Contents: “On Doing Local History: Encounters with History” by Carol Kammen “The Whole is Greater: Fostering Empathy” by Dina Bailey “Reconsiderations of Memorials and Monuments” by Modupe Labode “Fighting Civil Rights and the Cold War: Confederate Monuments at Gettysburg” by Jill Ogline Titus “Finding Meaning in Monuments: Atlanta History Center Enters Dialogue on […]

  • Table of Contents: On Doing Local History: The Local Historian as Public Intellectual by Carol Kammen The Value of History: When History and Memory Collide by W. Todd Groce Slaves and Slaveholders of Wessyngton by Rob DeHart For the Love of History: The Benefits of Collections-Based Research by Katheryn P. Viens We Are All in […]

  • Kate Tiller, trustee of the British Association for Local History and Reader Emerita at the University of Oxford, discusses the recent British commemorations of World War I and their potential for spurring interest in local history and connections to international events. These memorials pose unique challenges to historians, who must strive to understand multiple perspectives and […]

  • Carol Kammen comments on local history practices in the United Kingdom and how historians in America can learn from the way they approach and remember the past. Local history as a field in both countries has followed a similar trajectory and faces similar challenges today. Carol discusses the exciting cross-pollination of ideas that is happening between […]

  • Commemorations are a significant feature of public programming, but can become mired in tradition, politics, and memory. Together we explore new strategies for inclusive, innovative programs through case studies of 250-, 150-, and 50-year commemorations and discuss how to commemorate what’s happening today. Chairs: Erin Carlson Mast, Executive Director, President Lincoln’s Cottage, Washington, D.C. Dina […]

  • LISTEN: Download audio Opinion surveys show a pressing need for productive dialogue on the difficult questions immigration and migration raise. What might be achieved by placing these dialogues in the context of immigration and civil rights history, as interpreted by local history museums? Explore how historic sites can build understanding, rather than reinforce divides. AASLH […]

  • LISTEN: Download audio Town Hall Meeting at the 2011 AASLH Annual Meeting sponsored by the Virginia Association of Museums. As interpreters of our nation’s past, our field searches for meaning in the achievements and trials of those who came before us. Commemoration aims to celebrate, educate, and honor the past. With commemoration comes reflection. How […]

  • LISTEN: Download audio People commonly gather at places of memory looking for insight on how to move forward. This session examines how places of memory can better be utilized to move our visitors from memory to action, and inspire them to work to address issues of contemporary importance in their communities. AASLH makes available for […]

  • LISTEN: Download audio In his Awards Banquet address at the 2011 Annual Meeting, Ed Ayers discusses the subject of memory by recounting his experience with the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Civil War. He speaks of the hurtful emotions that can be conjured up by these types of anniversaries that are charged with our country’s painful […]

  • LISTEN: Download audio Jim Loewen’s address at the 2010 Leadership in History Awards Banquet. Loewen speaks of the misconceptions commonly pervaded throughout history classes in America. He first speaks of the minimal history classes that an average museum visitor takes, and the diluted quality of the classes themselves. He then breaks down some sites that make historic […]