Civil War Era Studies
We preserve the places of the past for a very specific reason: they are places. They are physical manifestations of the past, either landscapes where that past was played out or the remnants of the people who made that past happen.
That was clear to me last week as I watched David Fox, one of Harpers Ferry's premier interpreters, twiddle a shaving mirror in the sunlight and shine a twinkling beam on the gravestone of Rev. Alexander Morrell in the cemetery at the end of Fillmore Street. [excerpt]
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Rudy, John M. "Inside the Resource: Interpreting is Pointing at Things." Interpreting the Civil War: Connecting the Civil War to the American Public (June 4, 2013).