War and Memory Logo

Collective memory shapes the way we view the world: past, present, and future.
  • Fort Mims Massacre Dedication
  • H.W. Parlee
  • Red Cross parading in War
  • Magnolia Cemetary
  • Confederate Veterans in Fairhope
  • Shipyard Workers Mourning Death of President Roosevelt

What is Collective Memory?

Collective memory refers to the way that cultures remember historical events. Whether historically accurate or not, collective memory has the power to shape our conceptions of the present and the future. 

What is the Center?

We are an interdisciplinary team of scholars committed to advancing the study of war remembrance in all its forms, including public memorials, civic rituals, works of literature and film, television programs, and web sites.  The Center hosts speakers and conferences, offers online scholarly materials, and serves as a resource on all matters related to war commemoration.