Season 1, Episode 5: Heroes & Memory

What Memory? This episode introduces the ideas of “History” – “Memory” – “Collective Memory” to lay a foundation for more discussion about heroes. Sarah uses a story about a recent camping to try to break down the history, memory, collective memory concepts and then shares a brief example from the more distant past, the Battle of New Market.


  • Looking at what memory is
  • Definition of Memory – see below
  • Memory and History are different, but linked!
  • Memory is how we remember what really happened.
  • Collective Memory tends to focus on one narrative and associates with a preferred narrative to a group.
  • Camping Story. History = the facts of what happened. Memory = how I want to remember what happened. Collective Memory = focusing on the facts and memory of the facts that appeal to a group (listener).
  • When were these primary sources about the facts created? Are they influenced by memory?
  • Collective Memory general only remembers and tells part of the facts (history/story).
  • Do you love history or do you love memory?
  • Are we look at facts, memory of facts, or collective memory in our heroes?
  • Battle of New Market – simplified example of separating facts, memory, and collective memory. (New Market Resources are here!)

Memory – (1) the faculty by which the mind stores and remembers information. (2) something remembered from the past; a recollection.

Oxford Dictionary, accessed 2021

Episode Questions:

  • Can you dissect the facts, the memory, and collective memory from historical subjects you’re reading about or researching?

Published by Sarah Kay Bierle

I’m Sarah Kay Bierle, author, speaker, and researcher. Past and present, everyone has a story. What will we discover and discuss?

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