|Christ Church, Philadelphia|
“For a field rooted in the study of the past’s commemoration & veneration, the study of public history has done a poor job of considering religion.”
As Cantwell reminds us, many historic sites have a “sacred” quality to them, evangelicals have their Creation museums and Jesuslands, and many sites are marketed to religious communities. Yet it seems that public historians have not addressed such sites in any meaningful way.
Any thoughts on this? My initial reaction is that Cantwell is right, although I do think the work of Ed Linenthal has taken religious belief seriously in his public history scholarship.