Thelen discusses a number of interesting concepts–issues of collective memory, the oral history interview as a “conversation,” among others. Do you think that the construction of memory (and identity) is a valid subject of study for the historian, as much so as the search for accuracy in memory? Or have you experienced an altered or “constructed” memory of a place that surprised you upon return after a long absence?
Thelen’s article reminded me of an exhibit of photographs, Lost Virginia: Vanished Architecture of the Old Dominion. The architectural heritage of Virginia is, in general, highly valued and protected, but one significant building in the show that had fallen to demolition without protest–the home of an infamous Civil War traitor.