A speculative question, but I wonder what persons or events of the 20th Century will be commemorated by National Historic Sites (or Monuments) 100 years from now?
Here in Canada, the trend has been away from the old “Fur Trade and Rusty Cannons” and Dead White Guys to less objective subjects that shaped our national history. For example, modern industry is being recognized at Gulf of Georgia Cannery (Vancouver, BC: West Coast Salmon industry, involving Chinese- and Japanese- Canadians); McLean Sawmill (Port Alberni, BC: lumber industry in the 1920s-50s). Immigration is being commemorated at Pier 21 (Halifax, Nova Scotia: immigration to Canada 1920-1950s); and Cold War paranoia has received offical recognition at the “Deifenbunker”, a 1957 government atomic shelter near Ottawa, Ontario.
My question to Teemers is:
What persons, places, events, or cultural trends will be commemorated 100 years from now? Some fields to consider:
Technology: (how about Steve Wozniak’s garage where they built their first apple prototype?)
Cultural trends: (how about the ultra-ugly and inhuman architechture of the 60s-70s glass towers?)
Industry: (where and how would you commemorate the Internet?)
Lifestyle: (the Disco Museum? Imagine the gift shop!)