Course Description

 Myth Memory Monuments poster

Every day, Americans visit museums and historic sites, walk by monuments, attend commemorative events, watch historical films, and listen to political discussions that draw on history. In their daily lives, people create, debate, use, understand, and reshape the past. This course will introduce students to the study of historical memory through a variety of case studies in American history and encourage them to think about how historical memories have shaped their own understanding of history.

Meeting Place and Times



Dr. Cheryl Hendry


University Seminar and sophomore standing.


Tuition and Fees

If you are accepted into a qualified online program, see the appropriate MSU Online Only Tuition and Fee table.

If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please refer to the MSU Fee Schedules.

Required Books/Materials

• Kenneth E. Foote, Shadowed Ground: America’s Landscapes of Violence and Tragedy, 2003.
     ISBN: 0292705255
• David W. Grua, Surviving Wounded Knee: The Lakotas and the Politics of Memory, 2016.
     ISBN: 019024903X
• James W. Loewen, Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, 2018
     ISBN: 1620974673

Computer Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.


For More Information

For course information: Please contact Cheryl Hendry at [email protected].

How to Register

You must be accepted as a student to Montana State University to take this course.

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