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First Name
Laura A.
Last Name
Independent Scholar
Website URL
Public Art, Public History, Cultural Heritage, Monuments, Museums, Murals, Material Culture, Historic Houses, Local History, Identity, Historic Landscapes
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Personal Info

About Me

Laura A. Macaluso is a cultural heritage professional and grant writer specializing in public art and public history projects. Using museums, monuments, murals, and material culture, her work examines, centers and celebrates the value of art, culture, and history to community.

Recent Publications

Book, A History Lover’s Guide to Alexandria and South Fairfax County, The History Press, forthcoming 2022. 

Book, Hartford’s Public Art, forthcoming 2022.

Essay, “Benedict Arnold’s House: The Making and Unmaking of an American,” Commonplace, Fall 2021.

Blog Post, “Commemorative Intersections of Carceral History in Lorton, Virginia,” History@Work, National Council on Public Public History, Fall 2021.

Essay (Creative Writing), “Rooms for Lafayette: Memories and Memorials to the Last Men of the Revolution,” Europeana Digital Storytelling Festival, Summer 2021.

Essay, “Paul Wayland Bartlett, Lafayette Monument,” The Good Life France, May 2021.

Essay, “Making Time for Suffragists at the Lucy Burns Museum,” Preservation Journey, May 2021.

Opinion, “Rethinking the Lotus Bowl at Auction,” The Arts Paper, April 2021.

Essay, “A Digital Reading of the Sengbe Pieh Portrait in the Covid-19 Era” The Muslim World Journal, Summer 2020.

Essay, “An Independent Scholar of Art History Outside the Academy and Museum,” Independent Scholars Meet the World, Expanding Academia Beyond the Academy, University Press of Kansas, 2020. 

Essay, “The Spirit of 1776/1917: Town and Gown Go to War,” Bulletin of the Auckland Museum (New Zealand), Fall 2020.

Book, Historic Virginia: A Tour of More than 75 of the State’s National Landmarks, Globe Pequot Press, 2019.

Book (children’s), Colonial Klaus in Thomas Jefferson’s House, Blackwell Press (softcover, 2018) with Mascot Press (hardcover, 2019).

Co-Editor, Nineteenth Century, the Journal of the Victorian Society in America, focus on monuments, memorials, and sculpture of the long nineteenth century (1785-1917). Also includes authoring essay on sculptor Paul Wayland Bartlett and Lafayette on Horseback Monument, Fall 2019.

Book (editor), Monument Culture: International Perspectives on the Future of Monuments in a Changing World, American Association for State and Local History/Rowman & Littlefield, 2019. 

Essay, “Public Art Inside & Outside the Museum” (The Evolution of a Cultural Practice in Hartford, Connecticut) The State of Museums: Voices from the Field, MuseumsEtc Ltd., 2018. 

Book, A Guide to Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia, The History Press, 2018. 

Book, The Public Artscape of New Haven: Themes in the Creation of a City Image, McFarland Publishing, 2018. 

Book, New Haven’s Columbus Day Parade & Monument, Arcadia Publishing, September 2017.

Article, “The 102nd Regiment in World War I,” Connecticut Explored, Volume 15, Number 2 (Spring 2017): 42-47.

Book, New Haven in World War I, The History Press, 2017. Endorsed by the World War One Centennial Commission, Washington, D.C.

Article, “New Haven’s Second Centennial Medal and the Origins of City Identity,” Material Culture, the Journal of the International Society for Landscape, Place & Material Culture (Volume 48, Number 2, Fall 2016): 1-15.

Book, Art of the Amistad and the Portrait of Cinqué, American Association for State and Local History/Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2016.

Article, “New Haven’s Monuments Man,” Connecticut Explored 13, no. 1 (Winter Issue 2014/15), 26-31,

Book, Historic Treasures of New Haven, Celebrating 375 Years of the Elm City, The History Press, 2013.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Art & Architectural History, Local & Regional, Material Culture, Museums, Public History, World War I