Objects/Objectives in Pilgrimage and Tourism
Souvenir- n. [suËvÉ™ËŒnÉªÉ™]
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