Monthly Archives: November 2015

Interpreting Recent Histories

In History After Apartheid, Coombes relates how the interpretation of the Tswaing Crater initially involved an advisory body – the Tswaing Forum. Here, “civic associations” were engaged and employed in the process, some of which coordinated grassroots political causes. From … Continue reading

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Leo Frank commemoration: Museum partnerships and controversial topics | Public History Commons

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In discussing interpretive issues, I have often wondered about the problems associated with presenting our “heroes” as such. I have been reading Coombes’s History After Apartheid, and his examination of Robben Island where Mandela was imprisoned for decades. In the process … Continue reading

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Lorraine Motel and Hurley’s Warning

I was struck in the first paragraph of the preface of “Beyond Preservation.” I have been working for another class on ideas behind the idea of the use of the Lorraine Motel sign used at the Center for Civil and … Continue reading

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The Atlanta I’ve Known

This article came across my Facebook feed and I feel like it fits perfectly with our reading of the past two weeks. More on that later… Combined, Beyond Preservation, The Lowell Experiment, and even “Saving Rio’s ‘Cradle of Samba,’” really … Continue reading

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The Practice of Cultural Preservation

If the works by Hurley and Stanton tell us anything, it is that when districts are preserved, they become sites for historical production – what Milton Singer describes as “cultural performance.” (see Stanton, 21) This may seem obvious – well, … Continue reading

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Neighborhoods Building Brightmoor

Hurley primarily discusses the preservation of the built environment in cities, but I found the chapter on green spaces in cities to be the most informative.  I recall a story I heard a few years ago about an organization called … Continue reading

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