the history of a set of memories requires more than simply analyzing
documents to discover hidden meanings.
his essay on the role of memory in American History, David Thelen
the goals of a study of memory are different from a more traditional
project. This type
of endeavor “would
explore how people together searched for common memories to meet
how they first recognized such a memory and then agreed, or negotiated
meaning, and finally how they preserved and absorbed that meaning into
ongoing concerns.” In
 David Thelen, “Memory and American History,” The Journal of American History 75, no. 4 (March 1989): 11233.