I am Emmanuel Dabney and work at Petersburg National Battlefield. DISCLAIMER: Please note that this blog represents only my views and not those of my various employers. I do not write in any official capacity as a representative of the National Park Service (alternatively abbreviated on this blog as NPS), though I may occasionally write about my experiences working for the National Park Service and may use the blog to promote historical programs hosted by the NPS. Interpretive Challenges has positively NO official connection to my place of employment.
I am from Dinwiddie, a rural Southside Virginia county. I hold a M.A. in public history from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2010) and a B.A. in historic preservation from the University of Mary Washington (2008). I am particularly interested in nineteenth-century American history, including the Civil War, slavery and emancipation, free blacks, and slaveholders. However, I am not limited to that specific time frame or region as I also have a great interest in Loyalists during the American Revolution, colonial slavery (in all of North America including the Caribbean), Marie Antoinette, the reign of Queen Victoria, and the R.M.S. Titanic. Furthermore, I am interested in my family’s geneaology/history and the Jim Crow-segregationist period circa 1880-1970.
ABOUT THIS BLOG:
Based on my myriad of historic time periods of interest, you may find a host of things covered; though no doubt the majority will be about the period circa 1800-1870. There are two themes (often connected, sometimes not): interpretation and preservation. I am not going to make an attempt to make a new post hourly or daily as other more prolific bloggers than I do. As I am inspired I will update. Your thoughts are welcomed and appreciated. However, comments are screened by me for content. I prefer that comments focus on the subject of the post and may try to assist (if the conversation has become wayward) in refocusing on the subject. Blogs are free and at any time you too can start your own blog. Inappropriate remarks will be immediately deleted and if at my discretion decide a user needs to be banned from the blog I will make all attempt to do so.
Links posted by other users in comments will be evaluated. Most will be accepted if they further the discussion at hand in regard to challenges faced by historic preservationists and/or public historians. These judgments are made at my discretion.