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The Monument Lab Bulletin is a collaborative platform for critically reading and reimagining monuments. We invite contributors who are deeply committed to changing the way we study, build, and interpret monuments. We welcome contributions from artists, students, scholars, activists, municipal agencies, and cultural institutions. Learn how to contribute
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Monumental Conditions: Pasts and Futures of Washington, D.C.’s Tidal Basin

"The only thing inevitable about the Tidal Basin is entropy." 

Although preservation practices aim to contain, restore, and reconstruct, our global climate challenges call on us to embrace transition and impermanence in envisioning emergent futures. 

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Monument Lab announces its inaugural Changemaker Award recipient – Dr. Salamishah Tillet.

Monument Lab announces its inaugural Changemaker Award recipient – Dr. Salamishah Tillet.

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Christopher Columbus: WE NEVER WANTED HIM HERE

WE NEVER WANTED HIM HERE is a zine created as part of Audit the Streets, a large-scale public data portal with placenames and monuments connected to the historical figures for whom they are named by researchers at MIT's Data + Feminism Lab. The zine explores the long histories of resistance to the legacies of Christopher Columbus, while auditing the nation's unequal heritage landscape toward transformation and memory justice. 

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A Hawaiian Perspective on Monuments

Through animated storytelling, Qwaves and Kanaka Pakipika share the Indigenous memories and meanings of sites, providing the foundation for developing collaborative, community-rooted commemorative practices that are rooted in the sacred meanings of Hawaii’s storied places. Through such storytelling strategies and public engagements, this collective of independent media makers promote gender, cultural, racial, economic, and political justice in Hawai'i. 

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Archiving Toward Liberation: The Toppled Monuments Archive Collective

Toppled Monuments Archive is a radical collective whose vision is to create an accessible, comprehensive, open-source online platform of recorded toppled, defaced, contested, and removed monuments, encompassing incidents from the present day and all of the way back to the third millennium BCE. Through the creation of a database and educational materials, the Archive facilitates direct action toward global liberation. 

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Preserving LGBT Place-Based Heritage in New York City

New York City's LGBT Historic Sites Project illuminates the rich histories and memories of LGBT communities through documentation, public engagements, and the creation of learning materials. Through collaborative co-creation, the project nominates sites that are significant to LGBT histories to the National Register of Historic Places in order to ensure public understandings of our LGBT past while shaping preservation policies moving forward.