The Role & Purpose of Historical Commemoration in the 21st Century
There’s something irresistible about an anniversary. Maine’s bicentennial, the centennial of women’s suffrage, the upcoming 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence: All invite public commemoration. But what are we doing when we mark these anniversaries? Celebrating our past? Interrogating it? Something else entirely? Join the discussion by coming to a free presentation by National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman Jon Parrish Peede on the role and purpose of historical commemoration in the 21st century.