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6 responses

  1. As a Public History grad student at NC State University I loved this article. I have been reading a lot about fall out from the Gettsyburg Conference and am very curious at the future of Civil War history in the public field.
    I look forward to reading more.

    1. Hi Nathan, thanks for the comment. I’m guessing that you were intending this to be placed on one of my essays on the Gettysburg conference? It was indeed a great conference and it has prompted a lot of discussion about how we interpret the Civil War to public audiences, which is very important. Thanks again for the kind words and for linking to your own blog. I will make sure to go through and check out some of your content.

  2. Nick, I just saw your blog and love it. I have a GGGrandfather, Joseph Poole who was active in the GAR. If you’d email me, maybe I can help you with the Solcum Post in Bloomington.

    1. Hi Randy,

      Thanks so much for the kind words. I’m writing my master’s thesis at IUPUI on the Grand Army of the Republic in Indiana, which should be completed and freely available for download by the summer of 2014. I would love to learn more about the Slocum Post and will send you an email soon!

  3. Alyssa Parker Geisman | Reply

    Nick,
    Thank you so much for you blog. I am a park ranger at African Burial Ground National Monument in search of ways to incorporate more dialogue at this site. Your blog resonated with me and I very much enjoyed reading your eloquent thoughts on incorporating dialogue into history. In particular, your article “America’s ever-changing commemorative landscape: a case study at National Statuary Hall” helped me examine my own perspective on the conversation surrounding civil war monuments, and broadened it by providing another lens through which I can view this current-day discussion.

    Are there any training/classes/resources you would recommend for a fellow park ranger that could help me develop dialogue based programming, rather than didactically conveying facts? Thanks, & ranger on!

    1. Hi Alyssa,

      Thanks so much for taking the time to offer your kind words. It means a lot to me, especially coming from another NPS ranger. I have had the benefit of attending two different facilitated dialogue workshops over the past couple years, but the Epply Institute and the NPS have a good collection of resources on facilitated dialogue here, and the University of Missouri has a nice handout here.

      I can email you some dialogues I’ve used at ULSG if you’re interested, and I actually have a dialogue model that was specifically used at African Burial Ground in my files that I can send to you as well.

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