Tag Archives: Interpretation

A Few Thoughts On Interpretation

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum in Texas. It was such a stunning and moving experience that I’ve been using it as a lens to think about other areas of historical interpretation. … Continue reading

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Civil War Trails: A New Look at Old Stories

NOVA Parks launched two new Civil War Trails signs in Loudoun County, Virginia last week. This new look at old stories will help drive visitation to the region. Tracy Gillespie, Site Manager for NOVA Parks said, “NOVA Parks is excited … Continue reading

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Auntie Kearney’s Mid-Century Tavern

Emerging Civil War welcomes guest author Francesca Costa… At the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey, visitors enjoy hiking trails and kayaking on the Hudson. Every weekend, people are surprised by the historic Kearney House they stumble across, because few … Continue reading

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A Reflection on Historians and Word Choice

Words have meaning. Historical interpreters, whether guiding battlefield tours, designing museums, or writing articles or books, must carefully choose words that both convey a point and do justice to the topic. Poorly chosen words can impact the effect of a … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: A New Voice For Old Stories

The following press release comes from Civil War Trails in recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Civil War Trails, Inc. has teamed up with Fairfax County Parks and Recreation, Old Baldy Civil War Round Table and several … Continue reading

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When a Monument Cherrypicks Its History

When people have the chance to learn about history, don’t we want that history to be factually correct? That’s the question I asked last week when writing about the Robert E. Lee statue at Antietam. Placed at a spot on … Continue reading

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Martyr or Murderer?

I stop and read historical markers. I’m the guy pulled off on the shoulder in the middle of nowhere, reading that bronze sign by the side of the road. You know the type. Frankly, if you are reading this blog, … Continue reading

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Fort Monroe: History & Personal Reflections

Emerging Civil War welcomes guest author Michael Nelson. The Fort’s Story I spent nearly two years working at Fort Monroe National Monument as a communications assistant in the Casemate Museum. The museum covers over 400 years of history at Fort … Continue reading

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Preservation News: New Project at Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office

Most of our readers have probably heard of the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office which is preserved, interpreted, and operated by the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. Located in Washington D.C., this small apartment is where the now-famous battlefield … Continue reading

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Uniform & Medal Presented To Civil War Veteran’s Home In Southern California

In Southern California, a special presentation by Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War helps to ensure historical discussion about a Civil War soldier and medal of honor recipient who lived the later part of his life in Fallbrook, … Continue reading

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