- Higher Education Whether you are introducing students to historical memory in a lecture in a survey course, as part of a topical course, or in a research seminar, Commemorative Landscapes can provide valuable resources. Beyond offering a wealth of data and primary sources related to individual sites of memory, this collection also incorporates essays that provide concise and cogent discussions of major themes and issues related to historical memory and landscapes. We also have developed some examples of how the resources of Commemorative Landscapes can be tapped to enrich lectures or to serve as the foundation for a course of historical memory and landscapes.
- K-12 Classroom In collaboration with LEARN NC, we have developed teaching resources that encourage critical examination and study of the monuments, markers, and other commemorative landscapes in the Commemorative Landscapes Database. The lessons and projects for grades 3-12 facilitate student engagement with a variety of primary documents and digital media to promote a broader understanding of North Carolina history, familiarity with historical discourses and practices, and thoughtful approaches to research.
- Virtual Tours These virtual tours of significant sites in the state explore how the experience of visiting these sites has changed over the past century and a half. Some of the changes to commemorative sites have been the result of evolving ideas about commemoration, preservation, and interpretation. Other changes have been the result of changes in the surrounding environment. Through the use of maps, images, and analysis, these tours enable us to explore more fully landscapes that we may take for granted or that may no longer exist.
The educational resources are designed to supplement a wide variety of classes at the K-12 and collegiate level. K-12 lessons plans will assist educators in teaching the North Carolina Standard Course of Study in a critical and comprehensive manner. They are intended to motivate students to think analytically about how the past is remembered, by whom it is remembered, and how it is invoked in different ways at different times. All of the lesson plans and teaching suggestions can be tailored to local circumstances, thereby enabling educators to incorporate local commemorative landscapes and to exploit local resources to enrich the learning.