Historians seek ways to communicate new research to the public, generate interest in the significance of history, and create popular support for history as an educational tool. The study of the past acts as a lens through which we can see and understand change in our society and culture. It also contributes to conversations about how history should influence the built environment of communities. I contribute to these efforts through participation in the following organizations:
- Vice President, Board of Trustees, Columbus Historical Society
- Program Committee, Society of Civil War Historians 2018 Meeting
- Editorial Board, “Engaging the Civil War,” Series for Southern Illinois University Press
Currently, I am coordinating a World War I program with the Columbus Historical Society that runs through April 2019. The theme of the exhibit and related programming is the construction of memory in Columbus regarding WWI in the 100 years since it ended. In addition to designing and curating four exhibits, I am giving the Closing Address about war memorialization on November 11. For full details on the exhibits and programming, check out the website: www.columbushistory.org/wwi/.
The Columbus Dispatch featured the WWI program in a recent article: http://www.dispatch.com/entertainmentlife/20180827/columbus-historical-society-exhibits-to-examine-columbus-world-war-i-legacy