A New Space For Our Ideals: Revolutionary-Era Buildings As Monuments

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The Old State House in Boston. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
The Old State House in Boston. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Time & Date

Thursday, April 8, 2021, 5:30 pm

Event Location

Revolutionary Spaces Virtual EventOpen in Google Maps

Many Americans visit Revolutionary Era sites to connect to our national founding story and ideals. These places were not built as monuments, but previous generations turned them into just that: Iconic places that venerate the past to create a collective American identity. Yet the stories embedded in these sites are often of white founding fathers with ideas that continue to inspire us, and actions that fall well short of their rhetoric.

Arts and culture reporters Cristela Guerra moderates this panel about the role Revolutionary sites play as monuments in our society, and how we might view them as an invitation to a contemporary conversation about our national values.


Gary Sandling - vice president of visitor programs and services, ‎Thomas Jefferson Foundation

Nathaniel Sheidley - CEO, Revolutionary Spaces

Kyera Singleton - executive director, Royall House & Slave Quarters

Karin Wulf - professor of history, William & Mary and director, Omohundro Institute

Event hosted by Revolutionary Spaces.