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The Civil War: Memory and Commemoration

 Welcome to The Civil War: Memory and Commemoration web site, created as a result of my participation in the 2007 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop, “War, Death and Remembrance: The Memory and Commemoration of the American Civil War ."

The workshop, held at the University of Mississippi (first session, 4 - 8 June 2007), was directed by Professor John Neff and designed to invite community college faculty from a broad range of disciplines to explore the advantages and insights that stem from interpreting the American Civil War through the lens of memory. Each participant was invited to engage the memory of the war in a variety of ways. We have invited leading scholars of the topic to guide our classroom sessions. We will investigate the differing patterns of memorialization on our historic campus and nearby civic and military cemeteries. And most significantly, we will explore the confluence of history and memory at Shiloh National Military Park and the National Park Service’s newest Civil War site, the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center. Walking the storied grounds of Shiloh and Corinth battlefields, and understanding how these grounds have been preserved, memorialized, and interpreted, will be the centerpiece of our week.

The desired outcome of the workshop was for each community college faculty member attending to advance their own scholarship and to develop curriculum materials making connections between what they learned in the workshop and what they teach. As an historian interested in collective memory and commemoration my project provides images to help students engage the commemorative process and think about war monuments and memorialization in new and different ways. I am grateful to other workshop participants such as Cheryl J. Foote, Central New Mexico Community College, Albuquerque, New Mexico, who sent me her photos of Vicksburg National Military Park and to friends and family members who also contributed images. The project remains on-going.

Additional project site menu items* include Resources, suggested Activities, and Photo Albums of Civil War monuments, cemeteries and other related images

* NOTE.Curriculum  Activities PhotoAalbums are currently unavailable.

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