In this age of technology and science, the study of history is often neglected or skimmed over in our educational system. But a knowledge of history is vital not just to the individual but to the life of a community. Here are seven ways the study of history is essential according to the History Relevance Campaign:

1-Identity: the stories of the past enable people to discover their own place in the world, in their community and their families.

2-Critical skills: the practice of history teaches research, judgment of the accuracy and reliability of sources, awareness of multiple perspectives, written and oral communication and other skills critical to a successful life in the 21st century.

3-Strong Communities: No place can really become a community until it is wrapped in human memory through family stories, civic commemorations, and understanding how it developed.

4-Economic Development: History is a catalyst for economic growth. People are drawn to communities that have preserved a strong sense of cultural heritage, historical identity and character.

5-Engaged Citizens: At the heart of democracy is the practice of individuals coming together to express views and take action. By bringing history into discussions about contemporary issues, we can better understand the origins of and multiple perspectives on the challenges facing our communities and nation.

6-Leadership: History inspires local and global leaders. Stories of those who have met the challenges of their day can give leaders the courage and wisdom to confront the challenges of our time.

7-Legacy: History, saved and preserved, is the foundation for future generations, crucial to preserving democracy for the future by explaining our shared past. Through the preservation of meaningful places, documents, artifacts and stories, we leave a foundation upon which future Americans can built.