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Who We Are, What We Do

Welcome to Fieldguide to U.S. Public Monuments and Memorials. Its purposes are to identify, describe, and classify American public monuments and memorials.

Monument-making is a long-lived, creative, and distinctive societal tool by which American and other societies show public gratitude and preserve communal memory. It appears to be an activity that in almost all cases combines the use of art and language.

Fieldguide resides on an Internet-based website. Essentially, it is a computerized index that uses relational database software to classify and manage its information. This database tool, dominated by a controlled vocabulary, effectively predetermines the core of Fieldguide.

The controlled vocabulary consists of database definitions that are fixed in and described by a document called Registry of American Monuments and Memorials: Civic Remembrances, Public Appreciation, which can be found on this website and may be downloaded. The document defines the 32 database elements by which each monument's content, design, setting, themes and demographics are characterized. It also describes 11 conventions according to which a monument is either included in Fieldguide or excluded. Fieldguide displays images of the monuments, whenever possible and available.

Fieldguide to U.S. Public Monuments and Memorials is being developed by and is an evolving project of American Markings, Inc., a privately held company based in New York. We hope you enjoy and find helpful the monuments and memorials that are currently in the database, which will continue to grow.

Suggestions, comments and inquiries are welcomed. Click on the Contact Us button at the top of this page. Thank you.

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