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Sacred Space, Chosen-ness, and Perspectives on the American Past


In his classic book, The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion (1959), Mircea Eliade suggested that humanity has always sought to designate physical locations as either sacred—to be held reverent and exceptional, to be approached with respect and awe—or … Continue reading

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The Power of Analogies for Understanding Technological Innovation: Historical Session Being Planned


I am currently putting together a session for the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) annual meeting in Portland, Maine, on October 10-13, 2013, with the title, “The Power of Analogies for Understanding Technological Innovation.” I will give a paper, … Continue reading

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The Opportunity and Challenge of Historical Commemoration


Have you ever stood on a railroad track and seen a freight train in the distance, whistle blowing and diesel wailing, rumbling directly toward you at high-speed? What magnitude of alarm and exhilaration resulted? Did you case the area to … Continue reading

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