Another “Heritage” Crime?

Al Mackey offers his take about the new name of the merged Museum of the Confederacy/American Civil War Center in Richmond.

I’ll simply point out that according to the logic whereby the Confederate flag(s) is (are) American flag(s), then Confederate history is American history, and thus the new name of the joint venture reflects the very reality some people want us to embrace concerning the Confederate flag(s). In short, people like the Virginia Flaggers helped inspire this rebranding. Congratulations to them for their success.


15 thoughts on “Another “Heritage” Crime?

  1. BParks January 15, 2014 / 2:05 pm

    LOVE the new name and the anger it will surely ignite among the neo-cons. Well done Waite. Well done.

  2. BParks January 15, 2014 / 3:17 pm

    I also wanted to add that in the same spirit as the MOC and ACW Center merge, I find it very refreshing that my children’s schools here in Virginia are definitely presenting Civil War history in their classrooms with an unbiased, truthful, and Pro-Union agenda that teaches students that we are far better off together as one, equal and unified country! I have multiple children studying the Civil War from the elementary to high school levels and I see a great deal of emphasis spent on slavery, John Brown, and the positive contributions of President Lincoln which is in direct contrast to the perspectives of these neo-con naysayers. They are still very respectful and inclusive of the Confederate players and participants, but not at all guilty of skewing or glossing over the mistakes and ill-conceived views of their cause. Very encouraging.

  3. Thelibertylamp January 15, 2014 / 4:04 pm

    There is already a post on his blog about people who donated to the museum and now want their stuff back?

    Who does that? Who donates to a museum and then demands it back? That isn’t the way donations work, once you donate it becomes property of the museum and to ask for it back is cheesy and tacky.

    • Susan January 16, 2014 / 12:18 am

      The reason why Gettysburg is no longer run by the NPS is because people were demanding their collection back as I recall. I guess it depends if you donated it or just let them borrow it.

        • Thelibertylamp January 16, 2014 / 10:30 am

          Yeah, it is run by the NPS which is why it was closed during the shut down. LOL, they think they are “winning” and they can’t even get the facts straight.

          • Al Mackey January 17, 2014 / 6:25 am

            The Rosensteel Collection is still at the Visitor’s Center and is under NPS management. What Former Superintendent Latschar said would happen in this article is what happened.

    • Brooks D. Simpson January 16, 2014 / 12:23 am

      I don’t think some people understand the meaning of the word.

  4. Betty Giragosian January 15, 2014 / 7:31 pm

    I like the name, and love the tag line. I have great hopes for this new museum. Certainly it is an opportunity to see much more of our fabulous collection. Nobody is going to burn it up on the grounds of Tredegar. If only folks will give it a chance, and be a part of it.

  5. John Heiser January 16, 2014 / 6:53 am

    As much as a handful of critics may not like the merger, the treasures maintained by the MOC can only be preserved through professional means and if this merger guarantees their survival and security for future generations to enjoy, then it is a move in a positive direction. We should applaud the efforts of both parties.
    As for Gettysburg, only one party expressed a desire to have “their collection” back & that occurred during the General Managment Plan process when the proposal was to fund the new museum and visitor center. Needless to say, the museum collection in the new facility is still maintained by the National Park Service, which now also stores the treasures from the defunct Civil War Library & Museum in Philadelphia.

    • Susan January 16, 2014 / 5:12 pm

      I humbly submit to John’s knowledge of the issue.

      *waves* Hi John, thinking of protecting collections, have you seen what the inside of the Chamberlain house looks like at the moment.

    • Jeffry Burden January 17, 2014 / 9:09 pm

      About a third of the CWL&M artifacts are on loan to the Gettysburg visitor center. With luck, the CWL&M Board will succeed in reopening the Museum in 2015 in Philly, and bring all of the artifacts back together under one roof.

  6. Patrick Young January 16, 2014 / 9:49 am

    I liked the Museum of the Confederacy when i visited a decade ago. I was surprised and pleased by the approaches taken in many of the exhibits. I have recommended it to my non-Civil War obsessed friends, most of whom are non-white, and been met with a lot of negativity because of the name. The new name should open the museum collection up to a wider viewership.

    The new name sounds more historical and less partisan. I hope the new museum does well.

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