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“Collective Memory in St. Louis” Symposium Starts Thursday

Starting Thursday and running through Saturday, Fontbonne University hosts the symposium “Collective Memory in St. Louis: Recollection, Forgetting and the Common Good.” Registration for the symposium is $40 and is open to the public. More information is online here. Missouri Historical Society Director Robert Archibald delivers the keynote address Friday.

Several panels deal with built environment topics:

Public Space and the Problem of Solidarity (9:00 a.m., Friday)
• Kate Boudreau, Saint Louis University – “Fairgrounds Park: Foregrounding St. Louis’ Inequities”
• Michael Allen, Preservation Research Office – “Making Parks in the Central City: The Evolution of the Gateway Mall”
• William Rehg, SJ, Saint Louis University – “Memory and the Problem of Solidarity: How Can Cities Foster Allegiance?”
Moderated by Mary Beth Gallagher (Fontbonne University)

Visual Culture, Memory, and Identity (10:45 a.m., Friday)
• Adam Kloppe, Saint Louis University – “A Spectacle for the Eyes and Mind: The Photographs and Speeches of the Congress of Arts and Sciences, World’s Fair, 1904”
• Greg Ott, Fontbonne University – “Sorting Out the Detritus: Cindy Tower and the Discontiguous Sites of Art and Appreciation”
• Kris Runberg Smith, Lindenwood University – “St. Mark’s Windows: Reflections on 1930s Politics and Theology”
Moderated by Angie Dietz (Missouri History Museum)

Nineteenth Century Saint Louis (10:45 a.m., Friday)
• Kristen Anderson, Webster University – “We Bear No Hatred and No Bitterness Toward Our Former Foes: St. Louis Germans and the Memory of the Civil War”
• Kenneth Parker, Saint Louis University – “Archbishop Peter Kenrick and Collective Forgetfulness: Why a Leader at the First Vatican Council Faded from Local Memory”
• John J. Han, Missouri Baptist University – “Nineteenth-Century Saint Louis in Mark Twain’s Works”
Moderated by Thomas Finan (Saint Louis University, History)

Riots in Saint Louis (10:45 a.m., Friday)
• Luke Ritter, Saint Louis University – “American Vigilantes and Irish Gangs in St. Louis: The Know-Nothing Riot of 1854”
• Lou Robinson, Saint Louis University – “Forgetting to Remember: Memory and Commemoration of the East St. Louis Race Riot of July 2, 1917”
• Jeffrey T. Manuel and Samanthe Braswell, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville – “The 1917 East Saint Louis Riot in Historical Memory”
Moderated by Harper Barnes (Author of Never Been a Time: The 1917 Race Riot That Sparked the Civil Rights Movement)

Urban Museum Collaborative Roundtable – “Discovering Untold Stories: Touchstones to a Changing Landscape” (9:00 a.m., Saturday)
•    Barbara Decker, Museum Consultant and project Director for the Urban Museum Collaborative
•    Lois Conley, The Griot Museum of Black History
•    Barbara Faupel, Eugene Field House Museum
•    Andrew Hahn, Campbell House Museum
Moderated by Caitlin McQuade

Memory and the Built Environment in Saint Louis (2:30, Saturday)
• Gregory Taylor, Fontbonne University – “Forgotten Monuments: Excavating a Corporate Past”
• Christina Mathena Carlson, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville – “At the Intersection of History and Life: City Museum as Space for Historical Preservation and Urban Renewal”
• Frederick A. Hodes, Independent Scholar – “St. Louis Streets and Their Witness to the City’s Past”
Moderated by Jody Sowell (Missouri History Museum)

One reply on ““Collective Memory in St. Louis” Symposium Starts Thursday”

This sounds amazing except for the paying $40 for food I probably won’t want.

It’d be great if this was coordinated with the What is a City? conference at UMSL (which is free). Conflict… Too many cool things to do this weekend.

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