In these short excerpts from his keynote address on Friday, Ed Linenthal discusses memorial language, representational power, the erasure of some histories and memories from public spaces, and the possibility of reconciliation through shared discourse about the past. The 10-minute selection of clips includes Linenthal's opening and closing remarks, and a longer clip in which he describes his experiences at a conference convened at the one-year anniversary of the creation of the Washita Battlefield National Historic Site in Oklahoma.
For more on this speech, see earlier discussions by Kelly Britt and Denise Meringolo.
Filming and editing of this address and Andrew Ferguson's opening plenary address were done by Travis Patterson and crew members Roy Oberto and Tim Roberts from the University of West Florida Public History Program. NCPH is deeply appreciative of their time and talents in helping with this aspect of the conference.