Sandy Hook 1 Year Anniversary

Today marks the one year anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting.  This article piqued my interest because we talked about memorials and monuments. The article is not about a monument, but it talks about how some of the people are remembering the events that happened. It also talks about how far our country still needs to go in order to keep our schools safe.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/14/us/newtown-anniversary/index.html?hpt=us_c2

A Monument at O’Hare

Quite a while ago, as we walked along the grounds of the State Capitol, Mr. Horrigan told us about both the monuments and statues we saw and those far away. We discussed monuments and the variety of media which could be a monument, the function of monuments, and what aspects make a quality monument. In the (almost) exact words of Mr. Horrigan, “Planes are commonly used as monuments.” Well….VOILA! I found one on my recent travels through O’Hare airport.

An airplane as part of a monument dedicated to Lt. Cmdr. Edward Henry "Butch" O'Hare.

An airplane as part of a monument dedicated to Lt. Cmdr. Edward Henry “Butch” O’Hare.

“Bonnie and Clyde” and History merchandising

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Here’s the latest page from the “History” (i.e., History Channel) website:  an online marketplace for their programs.  All about the channel’s latest made-for-TV movie, a remake of the great 1967 movie Bonnie and Clyde.  There are thus several “filters” or contexts here:  “history” as memorabilia and souvenirs (clothing, coffee mugs, fake cash in a bank bag); “history” that’s not really history at all, but rather popular mythology; history as memory, but not the “real” memory of real characters, but rather the memory of a legendary Hollywood production; history focused on sex and violence and the glorification of criminals (as in the Prohibition exhibit);  and on and on.  The layers here are amazingly rich– all in this one web page.