This is the time of year when Historic Fort Steuben is populated by young people - modern young people - who are skillful with keyboards and cybergames and watch numerous movies, dvds and websites. You might think they wouldn't be interested in the old-fashioned ways of the past as presented at the Fort. But happily, that is not true: they love learning about the tough times their forebears experienced and the unique tools and skills that are not well-known today.

Whether it is feeling the pelts of animals used for trade or smelling the herbs used for insect repellent, they are excited and engaged, asking lots of questions. These happy faces prove that we are doing our job of "Keeping History Alive!" and that the next generation will have the wisdom of the past to guide their future.