Remembrance in Stone:
The pages devoted to individual monuments provide
references pertaining to them. Here, too, are a few more general works that
help us reflect on the historical monuments of our region.
Gjerde, Jon. The Minds of the West: Ethnocultural Evolution in the Rural Middle
West, 1830-1917. Chapel Hill: University of North
Carolina Press, 1997. Many of our regional
monuments are expressions of ethnic identity. Gjerde's
book is the one best treatments of the evolution of ethnic identity in the
Glassberg, David. Sense of History: The Place
of the Past in American Life. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2001. A
perceptive and accessible work making the point that the public has the
capacity to take the initiative in historical memory and interpretation. In
addition, Glassberg's recognition of the importance
of place enlightens our understanding of monuments.
Kammen, Michael G. Mystic Chords of Memory:
The Transformation of Tradition in American Culture. New York: Knopf, 1991. Kammen's
book is regarded as a foundational work in the recognition of collective
memory as a force in American history.
Savage, Kirk. "History, Memory, and Monuments: An Overview of the
Scholarly Literature on Commemoration," National Park Service, http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/resedu/savage.htm.
This commissioned piece is a wonderful introduction to the subjects of
remembrance and memory; it cites much of the more extensive literature.
Savage, Kirk. Standing Soldiers, Kneeling Slaves: Race, War, and
Monuments in Nineteenth-Century America. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1997. One of the
outstanding works treating how monuments carry both makers' intentions and
Thomas, Christopher. The Lincoln
Memorial and American Life. Princeton: Princeton University
Press, 2002. Ambiguity and evolution are hallmarks of the meaning attributed
to this great American monument.
Remembrance in Stone / Center for Heritage Renewal