What’s in a Name? Louisville’s City Parks as Sites of Learning

In the third installment of “The Monuments Among Us” series (see Sara Porterfield’s post on Bears Ears here and Travis May’s discussion of British memorials here), Erstwhile editor Alessandra Link reflects on three city parks in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. Link makes abstract and concrete connections between the Kentucky frontier mythology enshrined in the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 and…

Myth, History, and Turkey

Erstwhile’s Alessandra Link offers up a brief meditation on Thanksgiving.  For many Americans, Thanksgiving is about history. It’s a revealing, idyllic chapter of America’s past. Children across the U.S. learn about a historic feast between New England Indians and Pilgrims that took place in the fall of 1621. They cut feathers out of colored paper.…

Re-thinking Columbus: A Call to Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Erstwhile’s Alessandra Link invites you to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day. She offers up a small serving of worthwhile reads on Native American pasts and presents. What are your favorite works in Indigenous history/contemporary life? Share them below and continue the conversation. This past Saturday the annual Columbus Day parade circled through Denver, led by “dignitaries” from the city’s…