Statement on Confederate Memorials: Confronting Difficult History | National Trust for Historic Preservation

The Confederate Memorials debate reminds us that while we should always remember the past, we do not necessarily need to revere it.

Source: Statement on Confederate Memorials: Confronting Difficult History | National Trust for Historic Preservation

Editor’s note: For further reading, a few additional articles and sites:

War and Reunion – The Lost Cause in Southern Memory

Confronting Slavery and Revealing the “Lost Cause”

It’s No Longer About Southern Heritage. In Fact, It Never Was.

Charlottesville Libraries Weather Violent Protests, Offer Unity

Public and college libraries alike faced challenges and tough choices this weekend in Charlottesville, VA, when clashes between white nationalist demonstrators and counterprotesters from social justice, civil rights, and anti-fascist groups took place on the campus of the University of Virginia and across the city, leaving three dead and 34 injured.

Note: See also the syllabus document noted in the article: https://gradcoalition.com/wp/2017/08/14/charlottesville-syllabus-zine-1-for-august-12-2017/

Source: Charlottesville Libraries Weather Violent Protests, Offer Unity

Smithsonian Institution | institution, Washington, District of Columbia, United States | Britannica.com

Smithsonian Institution | The Smithsonian Institution’s first building, known as the Castle, was completed in 1855. © Wangkun Jia/Dreamstime.com

Smithsonian Institution | The Smithsonian Institution’s first building, known as the Castle, was completed in 1855. © Wangkun Jia/Dreamstime.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smithsonian Institution, research institution founded by the bequest of James Smithson, an English scientist. Smithson, who died in 1829, had stipulated in his will that should his nephew and heir himself die without issue, his remaining assets would pass to the United States and be used to found the Smithsonian Institution.”

Source: Smithsonian Institution | institution, Washington, District of Columbia, United States | Britannica.com

We will survive this – The Washington Post

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“So. We have a vulgar, unstable yo-yo with a toxic ego and an attention-deficit problem in the White House, and now we can see that government by Twitter is like trying to steer a ship by firing a pistol at the waves — not really useful — but what does it all add up to? Not that much, if you ask me, which you didn’t, but I’ll say it anyway.”

“We will survive this. He will do what damage he can, like a man burning books out of anger that he can’t read, but there will still be plenty of books left.”

Source: We will survive this – The Washington Post

Disappearing Sun | StarDate Online

For about two minutes on the afternoon of August 21, the sky over Nashville will turn almost as dark as night. Ditto Casper, Wyoming; Columbia, South Carolina, and the southern suburbs of St. Louis. They will be darkened by one of nature’s most spectacular events: a total solar eclipse. It may be the most-watched eclipse in history.

Source: Disappearing Sun | StarDate Online

Forest Bathing Melds Nature With Mindfulness To Improve Health : Shots – Health News : NPR

  Clare Kelley practices "forest bathing" along the edge of an urban forest on Roosevelt Island, in the middle of the Potomac River. In contrast to hiking, forest bathing is less directed, melding mindfulness and nature immersion to improve health. Allison Aubrey/NPR

Clare Kelley practices “forest bathing” along the edge of an urban forest on Roosevelt Island, in the middle of the Potomac River. In contrast to hiking, forest bathing is less directed, melding mindfulness and nature immersion to improve health. Allison Aubrey/NPR

If hiking is about a destination, forest bathing is about an immersion of the senses into the natural world. It’s a wellness trend, and studies suggest several health benefits.

Source: Forest Bathing Melds Nature With Mindfulness To Improve Health : Shots – Health News : NPR