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Spring 2004 Forum Journal: Viewpoints: A Commitment to Diversity

Table of Contents Confronting Contentious Pasts: The Challenges of Interpreting "Controversial" Subjects at America's Historic Sites by Dwight Pitcaithley Preserving the Sites and Telling the Story of Japanese and American Internment by Amy Cole and Anne Gailliot Preserving...

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Spring 2017 Forum Journal: Preserving Difficult Histories

This issue of the Forum Journal , published in partnership with the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, explores interpretation and preservation efforts at places associated with difficult histories. Using a variety of approaches, preservationists and social activists across the...

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From Memory to Action: A Toolkit for Memorialization in Post-Conflict Societies

By Ereshnee Naidu with contributions from Bix Gabriel and Mofidul Hoque This toolkit from the The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience examines how questions of memory and memorialization are integral to how societies choose to understand the past in the present and how it affects the...

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[Video] PastForward 2016: preservationVOICES

Recorded on November 18 at PastForward 2016 in Houston, this TrustLive session built on conversations begun at PastForward 2015 . Panelists discussed the role historic sites play in racial healing and social and environmental justice, exploring how places can help us uncover and tell the full...

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preservationPLACES: A Reading List

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been providing our annual PastForward reading lists—curated selections of reports, articles, and videos to prep you for our annual conference. We hope that they’ll spark discussions come November 15–18, when PastForward arrives in Houston,...

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Preserving Places That Recall Divisive Times: A Survival Guide

The preservation of America’s historic sites, and the resulting visitation to them, has provided very public means to educate millions of Americans and foreigners about U.S. history. And in much the same way that the practice of scholarly history gradually expanded beyond the study of politics,...


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When the Sky Falls: The Lower East Side Tenement Museum Responds to September 11th

A man came upon a little bird, on its back with its feet stretched high in the air. The man asked, "Why are you lying upside down with your feet in the air? The bird replied, "The sky is falling, and I`m holding it up with my feet." The man said, "That`s ridiculous. You`rejust a little bird....


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Preserving the Sites and Telling the Story of Japanese American Internment

Beginning in 1942, almost 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry living along the west coast of the United States were rounded up and forced to leave behind their homes, businesses, and possessions for the bleak conditions of internment camps. For many years the history of the internment...


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Confronting Contentious Pasts: The Challenges of Interpreting “Controversial” Subjects at America’s Historic Sites

I will begin with the assumption that we historic preservationists consider ourselves to be in the preservation and education business. This has certainly been true for the National Park Service. Education has been part of the mission of the NPS since its creation in 1916. Indeed, in 1917, at...


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The Usable Past

Do you agree with historian Daniel Boorstein, who said: "Planning for the future wit-out a sense of the past is like trying to plant cut flowers." And do you agree with Arthur Bestor, who said: "Deprive me of my historical consciousness, and in the most literal sense, I do not know who I am." ...