Michele Brewster, Graduate Student, UC Irvine

Proposal Type


  • Seeking Additional Presenters
  • Seeking Specific Expertise
  • Seeking General Feedback and Interest
Related Topics
  • Civic Engagement
  • Memory
  • Museums/Exhibits

Presenters to discuss new and future directions for public memory of California History


I would like to discuss how the history of California is presented in spaces of public memory such as museums, historical societies, battleground sites (Mexican-American War in California), ranchos, etc. I would like to discuss how these sites can be more accurate and instructive for the future. The new history and social science framework for California history has set out new directions such as NOT building missions in 4th grade in favor of presenting a more complicated mission history. This is but one example of a topic in this proposed forum.

If you have a direct offer of assistance, sensitive criticism, or wish to pass along someone’s contact information confidentially, please get in contact directly: Michele Brewster, [email protected]

If you have general ideas or feedback to share, please feel free to use the comments feature below.

All feedback and offers of assistance should be submitted by July 2, 2017.


1 comment
  1. Mike Dove says:

    Your search for additional presenters and specific expertise on your proposal would be helped by including some statements relating to how the history of California has been presented in spaces of public memory to the present. Offering a few examples or a case study of a site that has delivered inaccurate, uninstructive, or even destructive messages would enable potential contributors to better align their interests and research with yours. I think interest could be high given the numbers of attendees from the state.

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