Civic Memory and Memorials in the American West
12 p.m.–1 p.m.
Historian Megan Kate Nelson joins Christopher Hawthorne, Chief Design Officer for the City of Los Angeles, in a wide-ranging discussion of memory and memorialization in the West and Southwest. Part of the Third LA series, this conversation explores commemorative themes beyond the sites and histories that the Civic Memory project recently took up across greater Los Angeles.
Megan Kate Nelson is a historian and writer, with a B.A. from Harvard and a Ph.D. in American studies from the University of Iowa. Her most recent book, The Three-Cornered War: The Union, the Confederacy, and Native Peoples in the Fight for the West (Scribner 2020) was a finalist for the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in History. Scribner will publish her next book, Saving Yellowstone: Exploration and Preservation in Reconstruction America, in March 2022.
Image: The Bella Union Hotel on N. Main Street, photographed in 1876. Courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library.
The program is presented by the Huntington–USC Institute on California and the West and is co-sponsored by the Huntington Research Department and the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies.