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

August Webinar: “Protecting the Legacy of ‘Comfort Women’ Memorials”

Register now for the August Monuments Toolkit webinar: “Protecting the Legacy of ‘Comfort Women’ Memorials.” Free / contribution optional. 4:30 – 6 pm EDT, Friday 26 August. Learn about how these monuments are under threat worldwide and about how San Francisco’s “Tower of Strength” memorial continues to stand. Register for…

Monuments Toolkit Webinar: Oppressive Monuments in the Museum Space

Friday July 29th, at 1PM EDT Register for free here! This month’s theme considers the possibility of public and private institutions to acquire and display oppressive monuments. The challenges faced in our public spaces are often discussed in the museum world. We should highlight their perspectives since museums directly influence…

Monuments Conference 2023

We are currently planning the Inaugural Monuments Conference for 2023.  In order to plan a conference that suits your needs, we need your help to complete this short survey!  

Monuments Toolkit Webinar: Controversial Monuments in Spaces of Regional Conflict

US/ICOMOS Monuments Toolkit Project invites you to our first webinar: Controversial Monuments in Spaces of Regional Conflict June 24, 2022 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Register for this free online event here: This month’s theme covers Controversial Monuments in Spaces of Regional Conflict. Our two guest speakers,…

Protests, Social Justice, and Monuments

Albert Pike Statue, Washington, DC
By Gilbert C. Correa, Monuments Toolkit Project 2020 brought issues related to social justice into focus. As the COVID-19 pandemic raged on, the world heritage community had to contend with the destruction of problematic monuments during the civil unrest that occurred after the tragic murder of George Floyd in the…

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…