I am John Hennessy, recently retired as Chief Historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, where for 26 years I swam in the turbulent waters of public history as they related to the Civil War. This site, Remembering, embodies much of my writing about public history over the years. It is also where I will share my thoughts and discoveries as I make my journey through history in the post-retirement world–as I start to work on what I hope will be a number writing projects. Posts here will touch on the things that are engaging me at the moment, from the Fredericksburg region, public, history, Manassas, and my work on the Army of the Potomac. I’ll share updates on my projects and perhaps solicit some opinions on some sticky historical subjects.
In my NPS days, I also wrote extensively for the park’s popular blog, Mysteries and Conundrums. That site is a gold mine of information on the challenges and discoveries attendant to managing a complex historical landscape like Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania NMP. You can find it here: https://npsfrsp.wordpress.com
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Hello Fredericksburg Remembered,
Sorry to pop this in a comment, but I couldn’t find an email address.
This message is from a group of history educators in Pennsylvania who have developed a Civil War project that is in the process of raising a modest amount of money to build prototypes for gathering additional partners.
Our project, the Civil War Augmented Reality Project, is intended to enhance the experiences of visitors to Civil War sites. It is also intended to increase attendance and revenue for historic sites by offering both “high” and “low” tech experiences to best reach the majority of the population.
We feel that our project is fulfilling a need that educators, park workers, technology enthusiasts, and Civil War enthusiasts have discussed in the past: How can historic sites both raise public interest in their institutions though technology, and not alienate the non-technical history fans?
We have worked hard on the answer, and are interested in promoting our creative solutions.
We would like to make clear that the project is not intended solely for Pennsylvania. It is our hope that the project will expand to other venues, as we feel that we have the ability to use our ideas to enhance the experiences of all Americans at historic sites.
If you have a chance, please check out our blog:
And our fun, Civil-War flavored funding campaign on Kickstarter:
If you think that our project has merit, we would be delighted if you could help spread the word, and mention it in your blog.
Here are a few other links of interest regarding our project:
A recent newspaper article:
Other recent blog posts:
Our Facebook page:
Our Twitter account page:
Thanks very much for considering us!
The Civil War Augmented Reality Project
Jeff Mummert- Hershey High School and York College of Pennsylvania
Art Titzel- Hershey Middle School
Jay Vasellas- Red Lion Area High School and York College of Pennsylvania
I have enjoyed your findings!
Enjoying your blogs. Thanks for the great, informative pieces.