Intro to Public History Exhibit Label 2nd Draft: The Personal and Social Function of War Mementoes

With the aid of my classmates, I’ve gotten my draft for the theme of “The Personal and Social Function of War Mementoes” down to 100 words and sharpened the meaning slightly. Now to revisit Serrell and see what else I can improve for next week…

Many of us collect souvenirs: A postcard from the Grand Canyon, a ticket stub from a baseball game, a seashell from a lovely day at the beach. These objects help remind us of a time that we don’t want to forget.

U.S.S. Olympia sailors also experienced events they wanted to remember and share with others at home. To do this, they collected mementoes. Touching a Cossack sword or reading a letter from the people of Ragusa could reconnect sailors to where they had been and what they had seen in their travels. Unlike memories, these objects would never fade away.

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