Recognizing an Imperfect Past: History, Memory and the American Public, was a two-week NEH Summer Institute produced and hosted by the Georgia Historical Society during the summer of 2017 in Savannah, Georgia.
NEH scholars engaged in an exploration of how we as a country recognize, remember, and memorialize controversial people and events in the American past as viewed through a presentist lens. With some of the leading academics on history and memory, they explored slavery and its legacy, the Confederacy, the Jim Crow era, lynching, twentieth-century politicians, and the Civil Rights movement and discussed how communities grapple with the memorialization of controversial figures and subjects in the public space.
The Institute has resulted in new educational resources including:
- recorded interviews with visiting faculty relating to the topic of teaching an imperfect past
- a K-12 teacher guide about monuments as primary sources
- ideas shared by participants on how their Institute experiences have shaped their own work and teachings
Visit the Teaching an Imperfect Past section to access these resources.