Volume 1, Number 2
Mr. Elmo Ingenthron, President
White River Valley Historical Society
Dear Mr. Ingenthron:
The enrichment of appreciation for our Historical Heritage is the greatest unifying force we can develop. Expanded understanding of that which has gone before entrenches our dedication. It strengthens our support of the needs of today in a spirit of integrity and faith in those tomorrows for which we build. Unquestionably, Historical Markers serve to remind us of this Nations continuing existence by establishing a personal proximity with the past. They suggest a pause for thoughtful reflection, and present facts stimulating to a further searching out of that "How" and "Why" of our today, and the integrity of our being.
For some, this is enough. Others need the further stimulation to be found in publications or Society activity. Through these more formal efforts, they acquire that reference frame which makes the Marker Site, or the History Museum Object impressive in its Halo of Veracity. For those of us who have discovered the hidden strength to be found within regional, cultural and economic dynamics, there is an ever-new pagentry of the dignity of man. Such vistas must, of their own magnitude, lift us to a higher level of purpose wherein sentimentality gives way to profound emotion of dedication, sustaining all who will but pause and think.
Publications, maps and museums supporting your Historical Marker program indicate a value in periodic re-dedication of all markers. Such action could direct attention until we again learn to think in a personalized depth of appreciation. In each Valley we stand unique, but as Americans all. May I endorse the White River Valley Historical Society and its many undertakings.
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