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Columbus, Georgia: Examining the Public History Landscape of a Southern City




Rodriguez, Catherine

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Across the globe, individuals and groups compete to control memories of the past in order to present a favorable view of local history. This can result in the omission of other group narratives, controversial issues experienced by society, or lead to false historical claims. This thesis explores public history on the landscape in Columbus, Georgia, and how one Southern community has dealt with providing an inclusive account of local history. This study focuses on the development of cultural and institutional growth in the city after World War II. This case study examines the Historic Chattahoochee Commission, Columbus Museum, National Civil War Naval Museum, and the Historic Columbus Foundation to understand how local history is interpreted, preserved, and exhibited.