Monday, March 14, 2011

Conference countdown: Commemorating the 9/11 Anniversary, Ten Years Later

As we're approach the conference date, we want to highlight some of the many exciting sessions and events that will be part of our Pensacola meeting.

On Friday morning (8:30-10 a.m.), join Brent Glass, Director of the National Museum of American History, and Clifford Chanin, Director of Education at the National September 11 Museum, for a vigorous roundtable and audience discussion of the 9/11 anniversary.  From collections development to interpretation, community relations, political concerns, and questions about memorialization versus a more detached historical approach, this roundtable will explore the challenges of marking this anniversary.  Historians know that commemoration often has an unfinished quality (if it weren't significant and still being discussed and debated, we wouldn't bother to commemorate it), but this event looms so large in American contemporary memory that it's particularly complex and contentious--truly a case where the tools and experience of public historians have a great deal to offer. 

Visit the conference page on the NCPH website for more!

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