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Marking the History that Mattered: The Meaning of Historic Markers, Monuments and Memorials in New Hampshire's Earliest Towns
by Rogan, Doreen Faulconer, D.A., Franklin Pierce University, 2014, 337; 3643806
Abstract (Summary)

Historic markers, monuments and memorials (historic markers) are familiar sights in our towns, cities and parks. They can be found in an endless array of forms, shapes and sizes from the spectacular monuments on the National Mall to the bronze plaques attached to boulders, granite slabs and buildings in almost any community. They can be read individually or as a grouping, that articulates a historical narrative. Historic markers function as artifacts that express the historical elements of each marker, the historical context of their time and the values and forms of leadership involved in their construction. Historic markers provide a device to study how leaders, both formal and informal, have participated in the construction of public history through weaving historical narratives, the styles of leadership utilized for this purpose and the forms of leadership that society seemed to revere.

The historic markers in New Hampshire's original communities of Portsmouth and Dover serve as sample communities to survey, research and analyze what the community leaders and dominant culture sought to perpetuate as important aspects in the community's history. The historic markers in Dover and Portsmouth, N.H., provide insight into the various types of leadership at work in a community. They reflect the forms of leadership and the deeds of leaders that were valued as well as the different forms of leadership that operated in a community. The community leaders who contribute to the accumulation of historic markers and the construction of their community's historical narrative sought to perpetuate aspects in the community's history that they believed were important to the identity of the community and reflected their values. An analysis of the historic markers and historical narratives in communities reflect national trends in monument design and depict the changing trends in the community's and nation's values, ideals, culture and leadership.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Abel, Richard
Commitee: Moore-West, Margaret L., Southard, Douglas R., Wallner, Peter
School: Franklin Pierce University
Department: Leadership
School Location: United States -- New Hampshire
Source: DAI-A 76/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: American studies, American history, Educational leadership
Keywords: Community history, Historic markers, Leadership studies, Monuments, New Hampshire
Publication Number: 3643806
ISBN: 978-1-321-31719-0
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