Monuments Toolkit

Over the last several years, the intersection of heritage, governance, and how citizens interact with pieces of the past has been present in the public eye. Americans all across the nation are beginning to question the history around them, and many are noticing that the monuments and historic fixtures in their communities are unsolicited reminders of a darker time in our nation’s history.

The United States Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (US/ICOMOS) has been awarded a grant by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the development of the Monuments Toolkit, a website and app aimed at answering questions about monuments of oppression.

Upon completion of this project we will have interactive maps, resources pages, decision guides, blogs, podcasts, and all of the other fantastic features at your fingertips. Creating accessible spaces to learn about the past puts society’s best foot forward for safeguarding our future.

Recent Toolkit Blog Posts

John R. Monaghan: The Contested Memory of American and Samoan History

By Destiny Heard, Monuments Toolkit The colonial history of America is not new information to many ears, however Asian-American and Pacific Islander histories are understated and absent from school curricula, and subsequently the American collective consciousness. Therefore in honor of Asian-American and Pacific Islander Month, this blogpost is dedicated to…

Environmental Justice in the Black Hills

By Destiny Heard, Monuments Toolkit   In respect of Earth Day and the seven billion people co-existing with this planet, this blogpost is dedicated to the acknowledgment of the past, present, and future sustainment of environmental justice. One non-profit organization upholding this resolve is the Black Hills Clean Water Alliance,…

The Monuments Toolkit Project Celebrates Women’s History Month

Welcome to the inaugural blog post of the Monuments Toolkit Project. In honor of Women’s History Month, I wanted to share some monumental news: the Mary McLeod Bethune Statue will be unveiled soon in the National Statuary Hall of the United States Capitol. Bethune’s statue is the first to honor…