“Preservation” and hopes for history

This news article is the first media report that I have seen using the word "preservation" by those seeking to keep the status quo regarding Confederate Memorials. I hope its use does not negatively impact the work of those who have been quietly laboring for years to preserve the stories of our past. In general, I am not in favor of state laws that prevent local communities from doing the sometimes difficult work of engaging with and making decisions around local historic sites and monuments. ...
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Video on Shaw Memorial

This post is coming to you from Boston, Massachusetts. I am here as part of a seminar with the National Endowment for the Humanities on the Philosophies of Education. One reason I applied to this seminar is that it would allow me to see the Shaw Memorial. I visited recently it recently and this is what I found.
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Explore this winter – new insights await

Check out the insightful piece in the January 11 Washington Post travel section on the Shenandoah National Park. There are two big ideas that relate to the Stoutsenberger Farmstead. The first is that winter is a great time to get off the path and explore as the landscape reveals itself and its secrets in new ways. Look for the old roads and the changes in the land. There might just be a story or a secret in that old fence line you never noticed before. The second insight involves the interse...
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