Last year, while building lesson ideas for my course on Race in America, I stumbled across a gold mine resource: … Continue reading Who Are We, Who Were We? History Through The Census, Part 1
Mount Hope Cemetery is quickly becoming one of my favorites. In a city full of beautiful and famous burying grounds … Continue reading Chinese Burial Grounds at Mount Hope
You probably haven’t heard of Heyward Shepherd. Not much is known about him generally. He was a free black man living … Continue reading Who Was Heyward Shepherd? Contested History at Harpers Ferry
A small milestone: my first ever post directly from a cemetery. I’m posting while sitting in my wonderfully air conditioned … Continue reading From Saint Joseph Cemetery to Bermuda
One year ago today, the United States Supreme Court handed down its historic decision extending and affirming the right to … Continue reading Grave of the Week: Frances Kellor
While in Pennsylvania to bury my grandmother in April, we (my parents and I) took a few minutes to wander … Continue reading Grave of the Week: Hints of Tragedy
In honor of Memorial Day, I have a new article up at We’re History that tells the story of American history through twelve very different cemeteries across the country. Check it out!
The history of the holiday we know as Memorial Day is a convoluted one: many towns and cities claim to have originated the practice, and it arose in some ways simultaneously in several places as a response to the apocalyptic death toll of the Civil War. At that time it was called Decoration Day, in reference to decorations left at the graves of war dead. Over the century following the Civil War, and especially in the aftermath of the nation’s other defining conflict, World War II, it morphed into a more general day of remembrance for those who died in battle. Continue reading “Grave of the Week: Memorial Day”