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 that each generation looks to historical organizations for guidance in commemorations, and each generation marks those events in different ways for different purposes. The authors suggest that organizations will find that honoring anniversaries is some of the most significant work they can do.