Starting with a Question: “Making Waterford Our Home”

(photo courtesy of the Waterford Museum) When considering museums that tell the story of immigration, institutions like The Lower East Side Tenement Museum often come to mind.  Often overlooked are smaller, local institutions that seek to tell the immigrant stories of their community and tie them to the greater national narrative.  These exhibits can facilitate […]

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Bringing History Home

“How can you criticize our history? You did the same thing in America to the Indians.” I was on the Perth subway with several classmates two days after arriving in Australia. In a casual conversation with the stranger, a classmate had explained that we were spending time with members of the Noongar tribe in Western […]

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Who Owns History?

Thinking more about our discussion on Tuesday, and having read this New York Times article and the reactions to it, I want to explore the topic of “ownership” of the Holocaust a little more.  I am increasingly frustrated with the point of view that any one group should “own” history. It is critical that we […]

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