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Home Before The Leaves Fall

“Home Before the Leaves Fall: The Great War 1914-1918,” a collaborative commemoration of World War I by heritage and educational institutions through the City of Philadelphia, kicked off at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania on June 26. Peter John Williams, author of a pictorial history, Philadelphia The War Years delivered a talk that highlighted Philadelphia’s importance as the third largest city in the United States at the start of World War I and as a manufacturing powerhouse known as the “workshop of the world.” Nearly 60, 000 Philadelphia men and 2,000 Philadelphia women served in World War I and thousands more worked in factories and shipyards supporting the war effort. A large naval yard, munitions manufacturing, and an aviation training facility transformed Philadelphia during the years of the Great War into fully mobilized war time economy more commonly associated with the World War II home front.

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Humanities Council of Washington D.C. Offers Commemoration and Remembrance Grants

From the Humanities Council of Washington D.C. Beginning this year, in partnership with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Council will offer 5 grants of $2000 each to organizations and qualifying individuals developing projects that commemorate and

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Commemorating the Emancipation Proclamation

January 1, 2013 marked the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.  In commemoration, a number of institutions throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region briefly displayed copies of the hallowed document before whisking them necessarily back to climate controlled safety. However, if you

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The Mid-Atlantic Remembers

On the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, memorials and exhibits served to preserve and sustain public memory.  This year’s anniversary marked the culmination of years of effort for two major commemorations in the Mid-Atlantic, the National September 11

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NYMASA Annual Conference to Focus on Questions of Memory

The New York Metro American Studies Association’s annual one day conference, Memory, will be held November 5, 2011 at Parsons, the New School for Design.  Morning sessions begin at 9:00 and include “Urban Memory,” “Traumatic Memory,” “Sites of Memory,” and “Official and

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9/11: Collecting and Exhibiting

The anniversary of September 11, 2001 has sparked much discussion on the role of museums in collecting and commemorating tragedy.  One such piece posted on the National Postal Museum website by Nancy A. Pope, considers the process of collecting objects

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Under the Wire: AASLH Conference September 14-16 Focuses on Meanings in Commemoration

The American Association for State and Local History is holding its 2011 conference in Richmond, VA.  “Commemoration: The Promise of Remembrance and New Beginnings,” starts September 14 and closes on September 16.  From the program guide: “Remembrance is a dynamic

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9/11: How Do We Remember?

As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, numerous memorials, commemorations, and exhibits mark the event. A few notable stories: In Jersey City,  the “Empty Sky” memorial will be dedicated on September 10th at 11:00 a.m.  The Shanksville Memorial honoring United

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“Excavating Ground Zero: Fragments From 9/11″ Exhibit at U Penn Museum

“Excavating Ground Zero: Fragments From 9/11″ Exhibit at U Penn Museum The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology exhibit, “Excavating Ground Zero:Fragments from 9/11” runs now through November 6.  The exhibit consists of objects found at the WTC

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Memorials in Washington DC: An Interactive Map

The National Capital Planning Committee’s interactive map Memorials in Washington DC went live recently.  The map uses information from Washington as Commemoration, a joint research project undertaken by the NCPC and the National Park Service.   Clicking on a memorial leads

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Oct
22
Wed
3:15 pm Mid-Atlantic Association of Muse...
Mid-Atlantic Association of Muse...
Oct 22 @ 3:15 pm – Oct 24 @ 4:15 pm
From the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums: Join MAAM in Washington DC this October as we explore Museums in Transition and Transitions in Museums. The museum world is constantly undergoing change and transformation, whether in response to economics, cultural trends or
Oct
23
Thu
all-day Creating, Displaying, and Revisi... @ West Chester University
Creating, Displaying, and Revisi... @ West Chester University
Oct 23 all-day
West Chester University (West Chester, Pennsylvania) will hold its 2nd Annual One-Day History Conference on Thursday, October 23, 2014: Creating, Displaying, and Revising American Identity.  The inspiration for this year’s theme is the 200th anniversary of the national anthem and the
Oct
24
Fri
1:45 pm The World’s Fair Since ’64 @ Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation of the Smithsonian Institution
The World’s Fair Since ’64 @ Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation of the Smithsonian Institution
Oct 24 @ 1:45 pm – Oct 25 @ 2:45 pm
From H-Urban: This workshop proposes to examine world’s fairs since (and including) 1964, a period marked by tremendous variability in the location and impact of the genre.  Participants may cover any of the fairs from 1964 to the present, as
Oct
27
Mon
8:30 am Meant to Last? Preserving the Mo...
Meant to Last? Preserving the Mo...
Oct 27 @ 8:30 am – Oct 28 @ 5:00 pm
From the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts: The twentieth and twenty-first centuries brought into the world a bewildering array of new materials, used to design a broad range of objects now collected in museums, libraries, and archives.   Many
Oct
30
Thu
4:30 pm Conference: Green Capitalism? Ex... @ Hagley Library and Museum
Conference: Green Capitalism? Ex... @ Hagley Library and Museum
Oct 30 @ 4:30 pm – Oct 31 @ 5:30 pm
More information to follow.  View the 2013 conference schedule at http://www.hagley.org/hagley-conferences.

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