Myth, Memory, History and Heritage

History Space, a joint program of the Newport and Rhode Island Historical Societies present an exploration for public historians.  

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Newport, RI – On Friday, March 23, 2018 10am-12pm at Newport’s Colony House, Washington Square, Newport, RI, History Space, a joint program of the Newport and Rhode Island Historical Societies presents “Myth, Memory, History and Heritage,” a panel of public historians.   

The panel will be moderated by Ruth Taylor, Executive Director of the Newport Historical Society, and will include: Jason Steinhauer, Director of the Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest at Villanova University, James Ludes, Vice President for Public Research & Executive Director, Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, Akeia Benard, Curator of Social History, New Bedford Whaling Museum, and Morgan Grefe, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Historical Society.   

“Basically all democratic theory is built around the idea people have a roughly accurate and shared view of what’s going on. What if they don’t?” – Ezra Klein (2017)  

The panel will discuss, for an audience of practitioners and the public, questions about how members of a large and diverse “we” perceive the past, and how differences in perspective can have consequences when we try to wrestle with current issues together.

How can historic site managers and other public historians approach the myths that families and populations have repeated for generations when scholarship reveals something different?

How should we approach cultural differences in how we think about the past?

What roles can historical societies play in improving the level of historical literacy in our audiences (and why do we care)?   

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Donations are welcome.  

About the Newport Historical Society

Since 1854, the Newport Historical Society has collected and preserved the artifacts, photographs, documents, publications, and genealogical records that relate to the history of Newport County, to make these materials readily available for both research and enjoyment, and to act as a resource center for the education of the public about the history of Newport County, so that knowledge of the past may contribute to a fuller understanding of the present.

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