Objects/Objectives in Pilgrimage and Tourism

Souvenir- n. [suːvəˌnɪə]

a slight trace of something, a remembrance, a memory

From time immemorable, travelers have brought home objects from their voyages.

Some souvenirs have spiritual value, like a relic carried home by a medieval pilgrim. Others are spur of the moment purchases used to remember a particular day or place.

How much can a souvenir tell us about a journey?

This exhibit examines objects of travel, from the sacred to the tacky, in order to compare pilgrimage and tourism.


Anjuli Grantham, University of South Carolina Public History Program