National cemeteries--United States; United States--History--Study and teaching;
Developing a Tour of a National Cemetery
There are many ways to view or approach the study of a national cemetery. Each cemetery has a unique history but also fits some general patterns. The most obvious focus of study would be on the history of the cemetery itself or the lives of those commemorated there. Another approach would be through architecture and design, the style of the structures, or the layout of the grounds. A more scientific emphasis might focus on the landscape, its flora, and its wildlife, and investigate what life is supported among the manicured lawns. The geography itself may be of interest; consider, for example, the volcanic crater of Honolulu’s National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, the steep peninsula of Fort Rosecrans, and the Mississippi bluffs of Jefferson Barracks. Each cemetery offers a variety of resources for examining many subjects, provided the study respects the dignity of those buried there.
Department of History
Public Domain, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Connors, Thomas G., "America's National Cemeteries: A Resource Guide for College Instructors [Instructional Guide]" (2016). Open Educational Resources. 320.