When Rachel Stenta showed up at our roadshow at the Utah State University (USU) campus in Moab, Utah, in October 2022, she was carrying a dress (fig. 1). Made with silk acquired in Vietnam by her father, the dress was something deeply meaningful to her: “I don't think I'll ever part with it,” she said.1 As USU students catalogued and then digitally recorded the beautiful embroidered dress, Stenta agreed to a longer oral history. As she explained, she was “the history keeper in our family. . . . I'm all about preserving things. And so, all of the times that we would move and pack and unpack I would just sort of collect things that people were going to part with and I ended up with it when I moved out of the house.” This dress, she recalled, was not something that her mother had good feelings...
Bringing War Home: Objects, Memories, and Stories from a Public Project
SUSAN R. GRAYZEL joined the faculty at Utah State University in 2017, where she is a professor of history, teaching classes in modern European history, gender and women's history, and the history of total war. Her most recent publications include Gender and the Great War (Oxford University Press, 2017), coedited with Tammy M. Proctor, and The Age of the Gas Mask: How British Civilians Faced the Terrors of Total War (Cambridge University Press, 2022).
MOLLY BOEKA CANNON is the executive director and curator for the Museum of Anthropology at Utah State University, where she is also an assistant professor of anthropology. She communicates research through the museum's public programming and exhibits to the USU and Cache Valley communities. Cannon is the chair of the Utah Board of State History.
Susan R. Grayzel, Molly Boeka Cannon; Bringing War Home: Objects, Memories, and Stories from a Public Project. Utah Historical Quarterly 1 July 2023; 91 (3): 222–227. doi: https://doi.org/10.5406/26428652.91.3.04
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