Robert Winthrop 
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Re: “Museum at a Crossroad

The BS to content ratio in this article seem unusually high. Is it possible the Museum experience described is normally called growing pains? The increase in exhibitions and visitors would normally require adjustments. The Commonwealth has a tradition of reducing funding for successful institutions. The museum has joined the ranks of UVA, W&M and Virgina Tech. The General Assembly penalizes success.

The public does not share this tendency. The increased attendance testifies to the Museums success. This will eventually result in attracting donors and collectors.

Growing pains are a problem, but a good problem compared to shrinking attendance and the problems of failure.

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Posted by Robert Winthrop on 09/07/2015 at 10:39 AM

Re: “Confederate Icons Die Hard in Richmond

In some ways going after the symbols of the Confederacy is going after the low hanging fruit. It is easy. The problem is racism, not just the symbols of racism.

There is another aspect of the memorials that played a role. A half million Confederate soldiers were killed or wounded to achieve a total defeat. Major portions of the Confederacy were in ruins. When Jefferson Davis went to bed in April of 1865 Federal troops were within eight miles of his bedroom listening to Federal bombardments. All was lost. one of the last acts of the Government was to set Richmond on fire. It was as if they were afraid something might survive.

The loss of life, property and prosperity was in vain. Emotionally it is hard to admit all of these losses were for nothing. The monument building was an effort to salvage some self respect. The men who died were loved. It was impossible to erect a monument inscribed, "They died in vain fighting for an unworthy cause."

The monuments played an emotional role that is understandable, if not entirely admirable.

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Posted by Robert Winthrop on 06/24/2015 at 8:15 AM

Re: “Should We Rename the Devil's Triangle? Readers Weigh In

Why not call it the Triangle?

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Posted by Robert Winthrop on 07/25/2013 at 7:04 AM

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