About Chris

Chris Barr has a Master's Degree in History Education. He worked as a high school history teacher for seven years before joining the National Park Service as an interpreter. Chris's interest include understanding divisive historical memory - how do we talk about a past that divided us and often continues to do so?  His research specifically dives into Civil War prisons and the Modern Civil Rights Movement. Blogging will serve as an outlet for writing about these topics since he no longer has professors mandating that he do so (and he admits, he kind of misses that).

All commentary here reflects the thoughts of Chris Barr and are not official statements from any of his employers, former or present, including the National Park Service.


  1. I very much enjoyed your blog, History and Interpretation. I am working on a book-blog of my own, which can be seen at [one word] theoryofirony.com, then clicking on either the “sample chapter” or “blog” buttons at the top. My Rube Goldberg brain asks with an odd, well-caffeinated kind of logic: Why is there an inverse proportion between the size of the print and the importance of the message? Science. Commerce. Art. Literature. Military. Religion. I call this eccentric thinking the Theory of Irony and if your busy schedule permits, give a read, leave a comment or create a blogroll link. In any event, best of luck with your own endeavors.

    P.S. It concerns Classical, Medieval and Modern eras.

  2. In Spain, elaborate screens of iron or rejer were built in all of the Spanish cathedrals rising up to nine metres high. In France, highly decorative iron balconies, stair railings and gateways were highly fashionable from 1650. Jean Tijou brought the style to England and examples Human translation of his work can be seen at Hampton Court and St Pauls Cathedral.