Reckoning with the Past: Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial as Model

In the fifth installment of “The Monuments Among Us” series (see Sara Porterfield’s post on Bears Ears here, Travis May’s discussion of British memorials here, Alessandra Link’s reflection on Louisville’s city parks here, and Caroline Grego’s review of South Carolina house museums here), Erstwhile contributing editor Graeme Pente draws attention to the National Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin. Covering…

Moving away from monuments: Doing southern history well at two South Carolina house museums

In the fourth installment of “The Monuments Among Us” series (see Sara Porterfield’s post on Bears Ears here, Travis May’s discussion of British memorials here and Alessandra Link’s reflection on Louisville’s city parks here), Erstwhile contributing editor Caroline Grego considers how two house museums in her hometown of Columbia, South Carolina, could provide a counterpoint to Confederate statuary. The featured image…

The Rules of Engagement: What can historians learn from the Jill Lepore/Clayton Christensen showdown?

Spring Greeney, a graduate student of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, assists with Erstwhile’s blogosphere debut in this response to the Jill Lepore and Clayton Christensen debate over disruptive innovation theory. Moving past media focus on the vitriol of the tussle, she suggests three lessons we historians can learn from this conversation and asks…