Living History And Its Importance

This page will highlight information regarding the importance of history and especially living history. History and living history have great values! Add your voice here!


Articles

Read an excellent article by Peter Stearns of the American Historical Association.


Quotations

History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquity. ~Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC), Pro Publio Sestio

History is a voice forever sounding across the centuries the laws of right and wrong. Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral law is written on the tablets of eternity. ~James A. Forude

History is philosophy teaching by example, and also warning; its two eyes are geography and chronology. ~James A. Garfield (1831 - 1881)


Ideas That Need Fleshing Out

  • When we live history and we see how folks worked and lived in another time and place we realize some of these same strategies can work in our lives as well. History had solutions for real life back then, and it has solutions for right now and also for tomorrow.
  • Living history leaves us with solutions and hope for today's challenges.
  • History, and especially Living History, Helps Us Understand People and Societies
  • History, and especially Living History, Helps Us Understand Change and How the Society We Live in Came to Be
  • History well told can be beautiful.
  • History, and especially Living History, Contributes to Moral Understanding
  • History, and especially Living History, Provides Identity
  • Studying History, and especially Living History, Is Essential for Good Citizenship
  • History, and especially Living History, gives us The Ability to Assess Evidence.
  • History, and especially Living History, gives us The Ability to Assess Conflicting Interpretations.
  • History, and especially Living History, gives us Experience in Assessing Past Examples of Change.
  • History, and especially Living History, helps us understand others.
  • History, and especially Living History, helps us be interdependent.
  • History, and especially Living History, helps us be more creative.
  • History, and especially Living History, helps us solve problems in effective and creative ways.
  • History, and especially Living History, helps us realize that other points of view can exist.
  • History, and especially Living History, helps us be flexible and amenable to change.
  • History, and especially Living History, connects us to the legacy of our past.
  • Current conditions and situations are usually a complex mix of impacts accumulated over
  • many decades or, for older cities, over centuries. By looking at these impacts over time, we can begin to understand what happened and why.
  • Historical studies enable us to see that there is a connection between many different elements of society and the world around it.
  • Historical studies help us appreciate that some decisions and the accompanying actions can cause long-term (decades, or centuries) consequences.
  • Historical studies are a good educational tool because they provide background information concerning many elements of life, living, and interacting.
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