BROWSE RESOURCES ABOUT ‘Sites of Conscience’

  • Recorded as part of the 2013 AASLH Online Conference, Working with Community to Address Things that Matter Locally  asks the question is your history organization interested in taking on an exhibit or programs that addresses a community issue? How do you involve the community? What angle do you take? What is the impact? Learn how three […]

  • AASLH Online Conference Session recorded September 20, 2013. Session Length 1:18:12 Is your history organization interested in taking on an exhibit or program that addresses a community issue? How do you involve the community? What angle do you take? What is the impact? Learn how three members of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience […]

  • Interpreting slavery, with its powerful resonances, is a privilege and a great responsibility. We have an obligation to the public to share a comprehensive and conscientious story of the past, especially as studies show that the public considers museums to be their most trusted source of historical information. The Tracing Center conducted a survey to […]

  • This article is adapted from Diène’s address at the 2013 AASLH Annual Meeting and published in History News Vol. 69, #1. Born in Senegal in 1941, Doudou Diène was a prizewinner in philosophy in Senegal’s Concours General. Having joined the UNESCO Secretariat in 1977, in 1980 he was appointed Director of the Liaison Office with the […]

  • Difficult histories include the recollections of trauma, oppression, and violence. The challenge for museum workers to develop ethical representations of difficult histories is finding an equitable equation for combining the three conceptual components: Faces, Real content, and Narratives. When combined, these three components are the building blocks for developing ethical representations of difficult histories. A […]

  • LISTEN: Born in Senegal in 1941, Doudou Diène was a prizewinner in philosophy in Senegal’s Concours General. Having joined the UNESCO Secretariat in 1977, in 1980 he was appointed Director of the Liaison Office with the United Nations, Permanent Missions and United Nations departments in New York. Prior to this, he had served as deputy representative of […]

  • LISTEN: Download audio Engaging students in commemorations provides an opportunity to dive deep into a specific moment in time. Whether your focus is the War of 1812 or the events of 9/11, this session will offer unique programming ideas that allow students and teachers to discover moments in history that changed the way people think […]

  • 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 […]

  • Carol Kammen speaks on the issue of naming and renaming streets, buildings and memorials after a person of importance. She maintains that places such as these were originally named after a person or event in commemoration and so questions what we lose in renaming them after a contemporary figure. Kammen offers suggestions for other ways […]

  • This article is drawn from the presentations at the 2008 annual AASLH meeting. The presentations in this panel explored lesson learned from recent commemorative projects across the country. The article addresses topics such as the challenges, assists, strategies and outcomes, considerations when working with the public, and planning ahead for future commemorations. Ann Toplovich conclude […]