AASLH: “Reconsideration of Memorials and Monuments”

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aaslh_logo  The Autumn 2016 issue of AASLH’s magazine History News just came in from the printer, and members can expect it in their mailboxes in early 2017 at the latest. But because we are so excited for you to enjoy this special issue, we’ve made Modupe Labode’s introductory article,

“Reconsideration of Memorials and Monuments,” available to read now on our blog and as a PDF download.

This History News highlights considerations about monuments of the Civil War era, an event whose public memory remains hotly contested. As communities continue to grapple with the war’s legacies, they have begun turning attention to its public memorials. This is an opportunity for our institutions to be most relevant. As keepers of community history and memory, history organizations provide contemporary context for the public. It’s one of our most important roles, and one of the seven core values of history.   Charlie Bryan, President and CEO Emeritus of the Virginia Historical Society and former AASLH Council Chair, once wrote that the best historians are revisionists, “looking at familiar subjects from unique perspectives to come up with new ways of describing the past.” Monuments and memorials offer an opportunity for history organizations to work with the community to do just this. There is no prescription, but moments like these are where we can provide one of our most valuable services: as conveners of dialogue about how history impacts the present.   I hope this sneak peek at the latest History News will inspire as much discussion and thought as it did for us putting it together.   My best to you in all the great work you are doing on behalf of the field. Bob Beatty AASLH Chief of Engagement Editor of AASLH’s History News   P.s. If you are not already a member, join today, and you will get a copy of this important History News issue in your AASLH New Member Kit.

 

 

More News & Opportunities from the Field  • Former AASLH Council Chair Lynne Ireland will be appointed to the National Museum and Library Services Board, according to a press release from the White House on Dec 15: http://ow.ly/nY4n307coYh • The “Save Princeton Coalition,” of which AASLH is a member, was successful in getting a compromise with the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton that significantly expands the land that will be preserved adjacent to the current Princeton Battlefield State Park: http://ow.ly/5GHi307clup • Join AASLH leaders at 2017 Museums Advocacy Day, Feb. 27-28. Learn why “the stakes have never been higher” for funding history organizations. Registration is free to AASLH members using this code: MAD2017_AASLH. • Doing The Work: The Historian’s Place in Indigenization and Decolonization http://ow.ly/HvGi3078lDo • Why We Need a National Monument to Reconstruction http://ow.ly/sqj23078lHO

• The Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award Subcommittee of the Society of American Archivists seeks nominations for the 2017 award: http://ow.ly/1T4c307clj4 •  AASLH is now accepting submissions for the 2017 Leadership in History Awards. Learn more here: aaslh.org/awards • Congratulations to Suzanne Fischer, who has taken a new position as director of the Michigan History Museum System http://ow.ly/dp1I307cm2J

 

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