The Tough Stuff of History

Here’s Todd Arrington, Chief of Interpretation and Education at the James A. Garfield National Historical Site talking about interpreting controversial history at America’s national parks.

If you’re a fan of the National Park Service like I am, you will enjoy this video.



  1. Bob Nelson · · Reply

    Another good presentation. Up until 2007 when the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site was dedicated, it was known as the Sand Creek Battle Ground. Ran across a good quote from NPS Director Mary Bomar at that dedication. “The history of this great nation is not complete without an understanding and respect for the tragedies that affect our national conscience.” Interesting that Arrnington did not deal with any CW sites — Tredegar, e.g. which was largely operated by slaves, or Andersonville. Fort Pillow, of course, is not an N.P.S. site. The whole tone of his presentation clearly shows how far we have come from the CW centennial in the 1960s to the recent sesquicentennial.

    1. See Ari Kelman’s book, A Misplaced Massacre, reviewed here. You can view Ari’s presentation at the CWI here.

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