Why History?

From his earliest memory the Author was fascinated by historical facts, persons, and events. Upon researching Chatsworth, home of the Cavendish family (seat of the Duke of Devonshire, pictured above), he was struck by both the consequence of our ancestry and the certainty of our progeny:

History reminds us that we’re not the first people, which keeps us humble, nor are we the last, which gives us hope.

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It is the author’s view that inhabiting history—be it gathered in an historic structure, researching a related subject, or engaged in lively conversation—allows one to “occupy the space between the past and the present.”¹ It allows us to bridge the gap between what came before us and what may come after. 

In his article on studying the humanities, former Obama Administration member Andrew Imbrie explains that we study the past “to rediscover a part of ourselves.” We find beauty and healing there.²

To borrow from that well-known adage, ‘those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it,’ the author believes the subliminal space of history has lessons to impart if we are open to them. The Annalist seeks to explore that space in a formal and learned way.

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¹  Dr. Jonathan Foyle, Historian of Architecture, PBS/ BBC’s Secrets of Henry VIII’s Palace: Step Inside the Historic Hampton Court.

²   Andrew Imbrie, “Why I Study the Humanities,” On Being with Krista Tippett, onbeing.org: https://onbeing.org/blog/andrew-imbrie-why-i-study-the-humanities/ (accessed May 10, 2017).

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