I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season, and has sufficiently recovered from finals! I came across something really interesting the other day that related both to our class and to my research as a doctoral student. Kevin Levin, who runs the award winning website (and my favorite blog) Civil War Memory had an interesting aside in one of his posts on the Museum of the Confederacy. Levin notes that “a study of the [Museum of the Confederacy] as it relates to public history and historical memory would make for a fascinating dissertation and/or book.” This is a question that has intrigued me ever since I went to visit the MOC (I went wearing a Yankees shirt), and I agree that it would make a fascinating dissertation topic. With that in mind, would Levin’s (a historian with an M.A. in history from the The University of Richmond and a forthcoming book on the memory of the Battle of the Crater at Petersburg) identification of a gap in the historiography provide a solid enough justification to warrant a dissertation proposal? I have multiple other historians/museum professionals who have written on the MOC and its relevance to historical interpretation, so Levin would definitely not be the only place (obviously) where I could find reason for this topic, but in light of what we discussed in class, it is interesting to consider how heavily we would weigh Levin’s post. I would be most interested to hear any of your thoughts!