I had some big plans over Spring Break- I intended on going to NYC to see a show, but then also visit several monuments and memorials, places like The Statue of Liberty and the 9/11 Memorial. At the last minute the plans changed and I was left unsure of what types of monuments and memorials I'd find along the way. I lucked out and stumbled across some really interesting locations throughout my trip. We traveled to Chincoteague and Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia and Washington, DC and I was very excited to be able to compare some very different types of monuments and memorials.
While this was not the trip I had initially planned, I think it was a better learning experience in terms of the different types of monuments and memorials that are out there. Choosing how to present your memorial/monument largely depends on the audience and the intended purpose. On Chincoteague it serves as a quiet reminder of a way of life that has taken so much even as it sustains the island. In Williamsburg, the memorials help visitors feel what life may have been like and helps them to think about where we came from. In DC, the Mall allows visitors to reflect on a large swath of American History and the impact people and events have had. What I took away from this trip was that there is no one right way to do it, but that if you look at what you want to convey, you can come up with something appropriate and moving that will allow visitors to create a connection with the people and events.
This page is my home for all my studies. Initially started when I was a graduate student at Syracuse University in Library & Information Science:School Media, it has seen me through that degree plus a CAS in Cultural Heritage Preservation.
Starting in the Fall of 2018 I will use it for my newest endeavor, a certificate in Native American Studies at Montana State University.
On occasion I will also post interesting articles or my thoughts on things related to my job as a Middle School Librarian in an Expeditionary Learning School.