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In the Helmers reading, the writer mentioned the Gettysburg National park, and I immediately thought back to my senior class trip to Gettysburg. We stayed in the town for three days, and went on a bunch of tours, along with a ghost tour! The writer stated that historical sites are significant because they are a piece of America’s history. When I took this image, I was in complete awe of the beauty of the trees and the hills with the rocks. It was so weird standing there, knowing that there were soldiers fighting and dying right in the same spot. I wonder if the trees and the grass looked similar to what it looked like in the Gettysburg war. I think that everybody should visit the Gettysburg National Park at least once in their lifetimes. It is a gorgeous town and the park is breathtaking. The historic feel also makes you feel like you are part of the civil war era.




Annette- I have been to Gettysburg also, and I felt a similar sensation as I stood there on top of the hill looking down at such a beautiful landscape. It is truly an amazing place and I highly recommend visiting if others have not been! Anyway, I wanted to point out a point made in the Zagacki & Gallagher reading. They state that often, museum parks are created to illicit certain feelings of community, etc, or however the creators want visitors to feel. This is one example of Helmer’s “picturing place.” Conversely, Helmer explains in chapter three that memorial spaces such as Gettysburg are in many ways intentionally left alone in as many ways possible so that visitors may experience exactly what, in the case of Gettysburg, the soldiers felt. Additionally, we all know that there are some locations built to specifically resemble the location of what historical figures may have experienced. I know I am rambling, but I find it truly amazing how, without doing much of anything, this place can communicate such a strong message of hope, honor, and sacrifice without erecting a statue in the middle, or putting up a billboard. Simply the presence of the natural visuals paired with the visitor’s knowledge of the tremendous event that occurred in that spot is enough to create visual messages that, at least for me, will stay with visitors for the rest of their lives.


While I have not had the good fortune of seeing Gettysburg personally, I plan to make it there one day and know of its importance to our American culture. I have also heard first hand of its breath taking scenery as a friend of mine recently visited this historic site. My friend purchased a “coffee cup” souvenir for my wife and I from Gettysburg. We thought that was so neat. After marveling the souvenir I looked at the bottom of the cup expecting to see something in relevance to America. I was sadly bestowed with the word “Japan”. Not to put a damper on your beautiful image but that is the modern “America”. See my post “False Impression of Realism” for my take on Starbucks.

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