The Secret Stories Behind Our National Monuments and What They Reveal About Our National Identity

Well-known author Teresa Bergman will discuss the real reasons why some of our most beloved national monuments were erected and how their symbolism and interpretation have changed over time on Museum Life, hosted by Carol Bossert, on Friday July 17, 2015 at 10 a.m. EST on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel.


Phoenix, AZ -- (SBWIRE) -- 07/17/2015 -- Teresa Bergman is Associate Professor at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California and a former documentary filmmaker. Her research on how memory and national identity are reflected in our national monuments and documentary films is the basis for her award-wining book, "Exhibiting Patriotism: Creating and Contesting Interpretations of American Historic Sites" published by Left Coast Press. Dr. Bergman is a featured guest on National Public Radio.

On Museum Life, Dr. Bergman will share the stories behind the the changing interpretation of the Alamo and Lincoln Memorial as our national identity and sense of inclusion has changed over time. The discussion provides context for recent event surrounding the Confederate flag and the role museums play in preserving our nation's history.

Museums attract millions of visitors and employ thousands. Museum Life, hosted by Carol Bossert, charts the growth and development of this cultural business. Museum Life showcases leaders in the field who provide perspective on current issue as well as creative thinkers who are impacting the future of museums. Join the conversation every Friday at 10 a.m. Eastern time, 7 a.m. Pacific on the Voice America Variety Channel.

Carol Bossert has spent her career working in and for cultural organizations, including science centers, national parks and visitor centers. In addition to hosting Museum Life, Carol Bossert maintains an active consulting practice in exhibition development and interpretive planning.

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