I propose undertaking an intensive study of the relationship of rhetoric and history in the construction of 'collective memory' in museum displays in order to broaden my intellectual perspectives in the form of new research and to pursue stimulating innovation in pedagogy through the development of a new course related to this exploration. The project is interested in how museum exhibits communicate to visiting publics by constructing collective memories of historical events that at once make sense of the past while also addressing or speaking to contemporary concerns and perspectives. I would do this by refining my knowledge of techniques of visual rhetoric and undertaking new study in the area of collective memory, a subject that has been explored by rhetorical scholars and historians (among others). The study would, first, involve studying literature in the area of collective memory, with a particular emphasis on visual memories and museums, produced by scholars from varying fields. Second, I am interested in applying these concepts in undertaking two projects that focus on exhibits located at four museums. Finally, I would design a course in Collective Memory, one that would have a particular emphasis on visual memory and museum displays.