Public Memory Episodes

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203. Planting the World of Plymouth Plantation with Dr. Carla Gardina Pestana

June 10, 2021

Plymouth Plantation occupies a powerful place in American national memory. Think of the First Thanksgiving in 1621; Englishmen escaping religious persecution; the rock marking the alleged spot where settlers first landed; an…

Public History Material Culture Historic Sites Public Memory Art

198. Contesting Monuments and Memory in South Carolina with Dr. Lydia Brandt

April 2, 2021

The South Carolina State House Grounds is a landscape of monuments and memory. Since the capital moved from Charleston to Columbia in the 1780s, South Carolinians have been erecting, moving, and contesting monuments on the c…

George Washington Historic Sites Public Memory

156. Making a Pilgrimage to Washington's Tomb with Matthew Costello

April 30, 2020

In December 1799, George Washington died after a short illness. His body and his legacy quickly became fodder for nineteenth century Americans – free and enslaved – who were struggling to make sense of what it meant to be an…