Living History: Connecting to Heritage, Part I

History Imagined

georgesantayanaquote1In a recent post, I posed a question that is central to this series: why is living history important? My initial answer dealt with the need to communicate the facts and concepts of history to those persons who have not previously connected with the past in a meaningful way. Knowing the history of one’s community, nation, and the world not only informs how we view those entities, but also impacts who we are as individuals and how we function within those entities. I strongly believe that individuals and nations cannot know where they are going unless they know where they have been. As the philosopher George Santayana so eloquently put it, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

img_0841And then, of course, there is always the entertainment factor associated with living history events and attractions. They are great fun. They allow us to step back in…

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