In her latest column, Carol Kammen discusses the centennial anniversary of World War One and public remembrance.
As a participant in the summer 2014 Anglo-American Conference of Historians held in London, Kammen witnessed firsthand how the UK has been commemorating the war in both national and local ways.
She describes several British and European initiatives to preserve the memories and artifacts of the war, and how digital efforts are connecting wartime experiences across continents and oceans.
These collaborations will hopefully inspire research and commemorations on the local level, as well as a closer look into how we remember the war in the 21st century.
A few key points to consider from the article:
- What memories of WWI are forgotten in our own towns and attics?
- How did the war change what it meant to be American?
- How did we memorialize the war, and how do we do it now?
- How can we use our local stories to connect with global events and commemorations?