“We are not makers of history. We are made by history” Martin Luther King, Jr.
People often say, “Why would I study that history? What good does that do? It does not put food on my table.” Of course any field of study can and should be scrutinized. There are several good reasons to study history of course. By understanding our own history we learn where we came from, what it took to get us where we are today, and of course, where we belong. Our sense and understanding in community comes from our history. We are part of a group not only because of the present actions, but also from our shared past.
While history may not pour sidewalks, police the streets, or set broken bones, history plays a vital role, though that role can sometimes be harder to recognize. History does many things though. It harbors the beauty and horrors of our past. The stories of humankind are told in the stones and bones of archaeological sites, the great writings of the past, the tales passed down from one generation to the next, and in the hearts and minds of our people. The past causes the present, and in turn the future.