Research

History, Memory, and Public Spaces

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CAHS Associate Professor of History Eileen Eagan has two ongoing projects that delve into the relationship of history, memory, and public space in Portland.  The first one, “A Model Historical Walking Trail,” is part of the “Digitizing Maine” cluster project. Her piece is on the Portland Women’s History walking trail that she and others have developed to make more visible the history of women in Maine -- as well as the history of workers and immigrants -- and redefine Portland’s history. The goal is to make the history more accessible to the public and present a model for other historical trails. A related project is “Changing views of America’s Past reflected in Public Art in Portland.”  Dr. Eagan is currently examining and analyzing monuments and statues in the Portland area to see whose history has been included in its assigned public space and how the views of citizenship, the city, and public importance have changed, or not changed, historically over the course of time.

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To support research, scholarship and creative activity to: promote knowledge, discovery and practical application to advance Maine's economy, communities and the quality of life for Maine citizens; to strengthen classroom education and transform the lives of students through real world learning opportunities; and to support faculty and staff commitment to excellence in scholarly accomplishments regionally, nationally and internationally.