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History on Saturday: History For the Family


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Browsing for a topic for today’s History on Saturday I found a nifty innovative way Washington State’s Historical Society works to encourage youth to embrace the history profession. It is not only to recruit but can be fun for the family to be involved in a unifying project where everyone can participate. Let me explain.

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First, students can engage with tools the society sets up for classroom or even home schooled activities where kids can research, compile and present their topic on a history theme given by the society. Once chosen they compete with peers for a prestigious award.

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Second, they have “history boxes”, which has tools teachers can use in their own classrooms to tweak and provide educational support for students. This not only encourages an interest in history but builds life skills, such as confidence, leadership, and professionalism they can use in their future for any profession.

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Thirdly, they accept volunteers in the program where professional historians can judge the projects but also mentor young folks. Volunteers can also be someone within the student’s family to participate as a group endeavor.

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I think this is an amazing thing these folks have set up and I want to get the word out about this program. I may volunteer in the future if I am able. I would love to meet up and coming history buffs and enthusiasts. Sharing ideas and interpretations make the history world go round, and the possibilities are endless.

What do you think?

Time Travel



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Someone posted an interesting blog a few days ago. In the discussion the question was posed: what era of history would you travel back to if you could and why?

I have often thought about time travel. I do not know if it is something for me or not. When I visit museums I feel like I have traveled back in time. The artifacts and displays bring the past to life for me as I imagine what it must have been like. Now that I have been trained to really study history professionally it seems a bit different. There are so many questions and so much information to consider it seems impossible to really know what it was like. I like diaries and memoirs because they offer an idea about what the atmosphere was like. Still, it is only one point of view and how accurate is it really?

The blog article was great and a good one to follow with many more interesting topics. I love to read labor history. What is even greater about it is the fact it fits into a huge puzzle and when more pieces are added it makes sense and really comes to life. I always end up coming back to it again and again in my readings. I am definitely drawn to the 1800-1900s. I definitely would like to travel back to this time.

What era would you like to travel back to?

Woodstock 1969


peace-love-musicToday the History Channel Club, posted about this day in 1969 when a huge music festival occurred at Bethel, NY. I love this time in history. It is full of drama. People were focused on civil rights, not only for blacks and other minorities but everyone. The Vietnam War was going on and people were concerned about oppressive and intrusive government. Sound familiar? History repeats it self many times over.

What are your memories from this time period?

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