The University of Saint Mary hosted historian David Trowbridge for the 23rd annual Lincoln Event, “Monumental History: The Civil War Era in History and Memory,” on Feb. 15.
For the first time in more than two decades, the program was held virtually rather than on USM’s main campus in Leavenworth. Despite rolling blackouts due to frigid temperatures, attendees logged in from coast to coast to watch the presentation and view selected pieces from the Lincoln Art Contest.
Trowbridge spoke about how America’s monumental landscape became contested territory in the early 20th century and provided examples where the battle over public spaces and historical memory have continued into the 21st century.
Trowbridge is an associate professor of history at Marshall University and the creator of Clio, a website and mobile application that connects thousands of people to nearby history each day.