Of Statues, Monuments, and other Symbols of Heritage, Honor, and Gratitude

History is not an artefact, or a golden nugget, to be sanitized and bequeathed to subsequent generations.

Neanderthal — Courtesy of Frank Eiffert — Unsplash

In the season 2 finale of Outlander, time-traveler Claire Fraser visits a museum featuring, among other artefacts, a wax sculpture of Charles Edward Stuart. In reaction to a fellow visitor’s admiration of the statue, Claire, in her…