History News Volume/Issue:Volume 62, #2Carol 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 to commemorate significant figures in a community.

She also notes that considering such remembrances is another way to highlight the fact that there are people among us who deserve our regard; that heroes are not only to be found in stories or books but can also be people who live among us.