Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial is an example of one memorial site that has successfully managed to retain relevance for nearly one hundred years by adapting to changes in scholarship and the expectations of its visitors. Initially created as a purely commemorative site, it has evolved into one where visitors can actively engage with the Lincoln story. By embracing an interpretive approach to managing the site, the National Park Service has been able to add an educational component to the experience of visiting the memorial that complements its commemorative nature.
A Question Of Relevance: The Case Of Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial
Michael A. Capps has been a National Park Service employee for thirty-seven years, twenty-six of them at Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial where he is the Chief of Interpretation and Resource Management. During his tenure at Lincoln Boyhood, he has developed a keen interest in the story of the park’s establishment and development over the years and has become convinced that it represents an important period within the history of the preservation movement when the creation of memorial edifices and landscapes was an important expression of the nation’s respect and reverence for Abraham Lincoln.
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Michael A. Capps; A Question Of Relevance: The Case Of Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial. The Public Historian 7 May 2020; 42 (2): 101–123. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/tph.2020.42.2.101
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