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This special collection brings together evidence and insights from nonprofits, foundations, and research organizations working to understand the full impact of firearm use and gun violence in the US. By providing us with analyses of current state and federal laws as well as valuable data on suicides, homicides, accidents, and mass shootings, these organizations seek to inform sound public policy and to curb this ongoing public health epidemic.

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American Epidemic: Guns in the United States - Education Guide

October 19, 2021

This guide serves as a viewer supplement to the exhibition American Epidemic: Guns in the United States and can be used for engaging with the exhibition virtually or in person. The guide includes information about the works on view, questions for looking and discussion, classroom activities, and suggested readings.

Nonfiction Storytelling on Gun Violence in the United States: Where We've Been and Where We Can Go

October 1, 2021

Documentaries and other forms of non-fiction storytelling can play a critical role in challenging dangerous fantasies behind U.S. gun culture, exposing who is profiting from gun violence, and highlighting solutions that many people don't know about or don't believe actually work. Documentary storytelling can also give a platform to underrepresented voices and experiences of gun violence. How can filmmakers, funders, other media gatekeepers, and gun violence prevention organizations work together to enrich documentary storytelling in this space, expand narratives around gun violence, and spur systemic change? What are the challenges artists face in creating work related to gun violence — from funding an idea to collaborating with stakeholders? What are proven successful strategies and best practices for effective documentary film marketing, outreach, distribution, and impact campaigns relating to gun violence? 

Considering Re-enactments: The Battle of Germantown in the Light of 21st–Century Gun Violence

March 30, 2021

In response to feedback from the local community and an era of gun violence in the United States, Cliveden initiated conversations with local and re-enactment communities about the relevancy and impact of the site's signature event, the Revolutionary Germantown Festival featuring re-enactments of the Battle of Germantown. The central purpose of the project was to gather reactions from key stakeholders and input from scholars to wrestle with the organization's interpretation of the American Revolution. How can Cliveden tell the authentic story of the Battle of Germantown that is relevant to the community and not an over-simplified version front loading violence? How can Cliveden include different perspectives in the re-enactment? With societal shifts over the past 40 years and an increase of violence, Cliveden was compelled to confront these questions to face the reality of gun violence in everyday American life. The hope was to discover the impact the current interpretation of Revolutionary-era history has on the communities Cliveden serves.Through eighteen months that included the start of a worldwide pandemic, Cliveden with project partners and consultants met both virtually and onsite with small groups to hear from constituents what mattered, what worked and what needed help. Data was also gathered using surveys and in-person interviews during a re-vamped Revolutionary Germantown Festival forced by COVID-19. Through this project participants listened and learned from one another. Cliveden looks forward to using the information gathered and the relationships forged and deepened during this project to expand the site's interpretation of the American Revolution.