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Spring 2017 Forum Journal: Preserving Difficult Histories 

07-12-2017 13:50

This issue of the Forum Journal, published in partnership with the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, explores interpretation and preservation efforts at sites associated with difficult histories. Using a diversity of approaches, preservationists and social activists across the country call on the power of place and narrative to illuminate some of the most painful chapters of our nation’s past. This work is vital not only because such history is frequently underrepresented and thus not widely known but also because many of the lessons we stand to learn from these sites resonate deeply with contemporary events. The breadth of sites and institutions featured in this issue is a testament to the unique capacity of preservation to represent difficult histories, address painful pasts, and recognize the underrepresented stories that are a vital part of our nation’s heritage.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Reframing the Historical Narrative at Sites of Conscience by Ashley Nelson and Sarah Pharaon
  • The Stories We Collect: Promoting Housing as a Human Right at the National Public Housing Museum by Lisa Yun Lee
  • Angola Prison: Collecting and Interpreting the Afterlives of Slavery in a National Museum by Paul Gardullo
  • The Community Proposal to Save Shockoe Bottom by Robert Nieweg
  • Tule Lake: Learning from Places of Exception in a Climate of Fear by Cathlin Goulding
  • The Fight to Save Blair Mountain by Charles B. Keeney III
  • Turbulent Water: The Dakota Access Pipeline and Traditional Cultural Landscapes by Jon Eagle Sr.
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Author(s):Ashley Nelson, Sarah Pharaon, Lisa Yun Lee, Paul Gardullo, Robert Nieweg, Cathlin Goulding, Charles B. Keeney III, John Eagle Sr.
Volume:31
Issue:3
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Introduction: Reframing the Historical Narrative at Sites...   1.34MB   1 version
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In the introduction, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience communications director Ashley Nelson and senior director Sarah Pharaon discuss the work that the coalition does at “sites of conscience” all over the world. The authors emphasize the significance of narrative and the importance of bringing underrepresented narratives to light—not only in the interest of a more accurate historical record but also in the pursuit of justice.
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Lisa Yun Lee, director of the National Public Housing Museum, talks about the forthcoming museum in depth. The article examines both the museum’s history and development and its philosophical approach to preserving and interpreting public housing. The museum aims at once to debunk stereotypes about public housing residents; represent the full complexity and depth of their stories; and address the political and societal injustices that have shaped public housing.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Curator Paul Gardullo discusses the process of collecting, interpreting, and curating artifacts from Louisiana State Penitentiary, also known as Angola Prison. The article discusses Angola as representative of the plantation-to-prison pipeline and addresses issues of collecting artifacts from and interpreting a prison that is still in operation.
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National Trust for Historic Preservation Senior Field Director and Attorney Rober Nieweg interviews the leaders of a series of advocacy campaigns to save Richmond’s former slave trade center, Shockoe Bottom. Representing several advocacy groups, the interviewees discuss the process of defeating a proposal to build a baseball stadium on the site, as well as the community-generated proposal to build a memorial garden.
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Tule Lake: Learning from Places of Exception in a Climate...   1.80MB   1 version
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Columbia University doctoral candidate Cathlin Goulding focuses on Tule Lake, the site of a Japanese American concentration camp during World War II. Goulding explains the camp’s history, details the tours that the National Park Service is currently hosting there, and connects issues surrounding Japanese internment to present-day political rhetoric and realities.
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Charles B. Keeney III, founding member of the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum, explains the historic Battle of Blair Mountain and details attempts to preserve the battleground. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places—and then delisted—the battleground still contains considerable architectural resources but is difficult to access due to coal mining companies’ control of the surrounding area.
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Former Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (SRST) Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Jon Eagle Sr. describes SRST’s ongoing legal battle to prevent the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) from encroaching on their land and cultural resources. Eagle explains the SRST’s history on the land in question, the troubling history of government encroachment, and the resistance to DAPL.