How Shall We Remember?
Sundays, February 4 & 11 (9:45-10:45am) - Please Register Below
At the American Civil War Museum, they see the complex, messy, and multifaceted history the Monument Avenue monuments represent. Ultimately, history is never static, but always present. Each generation asks different questions of the past, and each generation finds different answers to make sense of the world it occupies.
Our generation is no different. We believe that conversation rooted in evidence-based history is the best guide to discerning our place, and our future, in an alive and evolving narrative. To help explore the complex history of Monument Avenue, staff members from The American Civil War Museum will share history, lead conversation, and listen to your feedback on “the monuments." Learn more here: On Monument Avenue
February 11: Stephanie Arduini and Chris Graham will facilitate a conversation of the history and current meanings of Monument Avenue -- a dialogue (rooted in history) to help participants further process their own thoughts. (Chapel)
John M. Coski is Historian at The Museum of the Confederacy (now part of The American Civil War Museum), where he has worked in various capacities since 1988. He earned his B.A. from Mary Washington College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in History from the College of William and Mary, and worked summers for the National Park Service and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. He is the author of several books, most notably The Confederate Battle Flag: America’s Most Embattled Emblem, (Harvard University Press, 2005) and has spoken widely about the Confederate flag, Civil War monuments, and the commemorative landscape of the Civil War.
Stephanie Fitzwater Arduini is the Director of Education at The American Civil War Museum in Richmond, VA. Stephanie has worked in a variety of museums for the last 15 years, including costumed historical interpretation, classroom outreach education, adult programming, community outreach, experiential learning, and training professionals in informal learning and communication. She's previously worked with the Pacific Science Center in Seattle,WA; the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation in Virginia; and Mackinac State Historic Parks in Michigan. She has a MA in Museum Education from George Washington University and BA in History from the University of Michigan.
Christopher Graham is a guest curator at the American Civil War Museum. Before moving to Richmond, he taught history and museum studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and worked at a variety of museums and historic sites in the Old North State. He is a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Richmond and is involved with their History and Reconciliation Initiative.