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Author Bergman, Teresa.

Title Exhibiting patriotism : creating and contesting interpretations of American historic sites / Teresa Bergman
Published Walnut Creek, Calif. : Left Coast Press, [2013]
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Description 1 online resource (253 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction : necessary tensions -- Submerged patriotism : evolving representation at the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial Visitor Center -- The Chinese get on board at the California State Railroad Museum -- The day the plaster fell : museological change comes to the Alamo -- Sex and gender in the Lincoln Memorial : the politics of interpreting Lincoln's legacy -- Patriotism carved in stone : Mt. Rushmore's evolution as national symbol -- Conclusion
Summary "American nationalism, patriotism and citizenship are proudly on display at historical sites across America-but they are also contested and reshaped by visitors and their engagement with those places. In Exhibiting Patriotism, Bergman analyzes exhibits, interpretive materials, and orientation films at major US sites, from Mt. Rushmore and to the USS Arizona Memorial, where controversy has erupted over the stories they tell about the past. She shows how historic narratives are the result of dynamic relationships between institutions and the public, and how these relationships are changing in an era when museums are becoming more visitor-centered, seeing visitors as partners in historical interpretation. Drawing on film theory, memory studies, visual communication, and visitor studies, Bergman offers an important analysis for scholars and professionals in American studies, museum studies, public history, and communication and media studies"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject California State Railroad Museum.
Historic sites -- Interpretive programs -- United States.
Historiography -- Social aspects -- United States.
Lincoln Memorial (Washington, D.C.)
USS Arizona Memorial (Hawaii)
Visitors' centers -- United States.
Alamo (San Antonio, Tex.)
Mount Rushmore National Memorial (S.D.)
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2012032797
ISBN 1611326796 (consumer ebook)
1611327822 (electronic bk.)
9781611326796 (consumer ebook)
9781611327823 (electronic bk.)
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