Memory Symposium . . .
Contested Past: Memories and Legacies of the Civil War
A Conference to Commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War in North Carolina
North Carolina Museum of History
Raleigh, North Carolina
May 20, 2011
On May 20, 2011, a planning committee within the North Carolina Office of Archives and History presented a conference examining memory and the war. Subjects considered included literature, historiography, statuary, monuments, dissent, race, prisons, suicide, women, heritage organizations, and other legacies. Historical work on memory has proliferated over the past twenty years. What is most important to remember about the Civil War? How have past generations gone about commemorating the conflict? What lessons can we take from the past?
The conference brochure (PDF) outlines the agenda, list of presenters, and list of respondents.
In 2013, timed to coincide with the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, a conference is planned on the theme of freedom, in Winston-Salem in conjunction with Wake Forest University. And, in 2015, with the anniversaries of the fall of Fort Fisher, Sherman's March, and the close of the war, a symposium around the theme of sacrifice will take place at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.