Volume 9 , Number 5 , Fall 1986
Historic material can take many forms. Written materials, such as documents, records, articles, manuscripts, diaries, and letters, all reveal much about the past to knowledgeable readers. Cemetery headstone information may be useful to seekers of genealogical data, while artifactsarchaeological or antiquedisclose information about past lifestyles. And personal recollections may verify and enrich other sources, or such oral history may be the only information available about a time or place or person.
But no form of historic information is of value if it remains locked in someones memory, stashed in a trunk, or hidden under dust in a museum where no one knows of its existence. If you think this message is an appeal to get more of you to write for the Quarterly, or to share some of your precious documents for publication, youre right. But its more than that. Im suggesting that there are many ways for us to share history, to make it come alive, and to preserve it for future generations to enjoy and understand.
For example? Take a look at the report which follows. It shows what a small group of dedicated, hard-working people can accomplish. Im proud of the Steamboat Landing Committee (theyve got to change that name, its much too limiting!), and their identification with the White River Valley Historical Society. May there be many more active and creative groups emerge.
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