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History remains our collective memory

We do have a lot of history haven't we? Not only that, but we are making more of it every day. As we get older, we become more interested in history because we've been alive during more of the making. Youngsters aren't that thrilled with history ...

We do have a lot of history haven't we? Not only that, but we are making more of it every day. As we get older, we become more interested in history because we've been alive during more of the making. Youngsters aren't that thrilled with history yet, but that will come later.

I have recently become more aware of our own Douglas County Historical Society. I've been a member for years, but mostly at a distance. Recently, that all changed with my attendance at the annual meeting.

Have you seen the eye grabbing mural on the west end of the building at 1101 John Ave? Have you been inside the building to see the work done on the building itself, and the many historical representations on display for visitors? Don't pass it up!

These are just a few of the things they've done in the last year:

February: Day tours for 100 youngsters

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March: Poetry reading program featured on PACT TV

May: Fashion show

June: School tours

July: Garden tour

September: Mural dedication and History Sunday

November: USO show

Back to the recent annual meeting - a most fitting conclusion, in a democracy where government is theoretically by the people, was a presentation by Lance Nelsen in full regalia as President Teddy Roosevelt. Nelsen most aptly delivered Roosevelt's famous quotation for Douglas County citizens in attendance who have helped to bring this building and its treasures into being:

"It is not the critic that counts; not the person who points out how the strong individual stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done it better. The credit belongs to the person who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again because there is no effort without error and shortcoming, but who actually strives to do the deed; who knows the great devotion, who spends themselves in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if they fail while daring greatly, knows that their place shall never be with the those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."

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A favorite quotation of mine puts a very similar thought in few words. In Dante's Inferno, "The hottest place in hell is reserved for those who in time of crisis retire to a neutral corner."

In conclusion, we know that history is to a nation what memory is to the individual. All those volunteer workers at DCHS who put in hours of their time help us to keep alive more of those memories. In my opinion only, I believe that the only farce in man's history is that wars are fought to save civilization.

Maybe a couple lighter comments in conclusion:

After you hear two witnesses testify in court, you're not as sure about history, are you?

A good place to study ancient history are the magazines in a doctor's waiting room, wasn't it awful about the Titanic?

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