The Spring 2014 issue of The Public Historian focused on contested histories, addressing controversy through public history, and the relationship of controversy and commemoration. Christine Reiser Robbins and Mark W. Robbins' piece "Engaging the contested Memory of the Public Square, Community Collaboration, Archaeology, and Oral History at Corpus Christi's Artesian Park" is an excellent example … Continue reading Contested Public History and Public Engagement
A speaker I heard recently spoke about FLOP as a concept which shapes our lives, identifies, and conceptions of history. The popularity of the FLOP acronym is debatable. But the concept behind the acronym is an interesting one and closely relates to constructions of the past. Fear of Losing Our Past (FLOP) can impact what … Continue reading Fear of Losinig Our Past
December 15th's #reverb10 prompt:5 minutes. Imagine you will completely lose your memory of 2010 in five minutes. Set an alarm for five minutes and capture the things you most want to remember about 2010.I have so many worthwhile heritage memories from this year, but these are the ones that I thought of in the five … Continue reading Capturing 2010
The two sessions which I attended on Tuesday morning both contained an emphasis on commemoration and the act of remembering. Commemoration is something which appeals to both historians and the general public, and is something which public historians can play a role in.Session 1--Private Voices, Public Display. All three presenters examined history's role in presenting … Continue reading Day 2: Memory and Commemoration
The Globe and Mail in the days leading up to Remembrance Day has included a feature called Dear Sweetheart: Letters Home from a Solider. The letters are from Canadian David K. Hazzard to his wife Audrey, he wrote over a 100 letters in total to her. The letters are very personal, emotional and serve to … Continue reading Remembrance in the Media.