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Conversations / Member Events

Contested Commemorations | Reckoning with Monuments and Memorials

Saturday, April 27, 2024, 2 p.m.

The Autry Theater

Free for Autry Members | Includes Museum Admission
Reservations Recommended


About the Event

Monuments and memorials—the statues, plaques, markers and place names that commemorate people and events—are how a country tells and teaches its story. 

What story does the commemorative landscape of the United States tell? How can we express, elevate and preserve the stories of those who have often been denied historical recognition, and how might we foster a more complete telling of who we are as a nation? 
These questions and more will be explored in a roundtable discussion with leading scholars from across the nation. Drawing on their contributions to the upcoming volume Contested Commemorations: Public Memory in the South and West, they will suggest potential guiding principles for contemporary memorials and consider what it means to commemorate something in this day and age.

Participants include: 
Stephen Aron, The Autry Museum
Kathleen Belew, Northwestern University
Emily Bingham, Bellarmine University
Dimitri Brown, University of California at Davis
Karen Cox, University of North Carolina at Charlotte 
Neil Foley, Southern Methodist University 
Deborah Gerhardt, University of North Carolina
Hilary Green, Davidson College 
Ariela Gross, University of California at Los Angeles 
Martha S. Jones, Johns Hopkins University
Kelly Lytle-Hernandez, University of California at Los Angeles
Monica Munoz-Martinez, University of Texas at Austin
Sarah Pearsall, Johns Hopkins University
Julie Reed, Pennsylvania State University
Virginia Scharff, University of New Mexico
Amanda Wixon, The Autry Museum

Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as part of the Monuments Project, an unprecedented multi-year commitment that is aimed at transforming the nation’s commemorative landscape to ensure our collective histories are more completely and accurately represented.

Land Acknowledgment

The Autry Museum of American West acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). We recognize that the Autry Museum and its campuses are located on the traditional lands of Gabrielino/Tongva peoples and we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

The Autry Museum in Griffith Park

4700 Western Heritage Way

Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462
Located northeast of downtown, across from the Los Angeles Zoo.
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Free parking for Autry visitors.

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