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.
The snow has iced over Fort Steuben and Fort Steuben Park but inside the Visitor Center we are busy planning for 2018. Not only do we have to refresh the various installations in the Fort, there is continual maintenance of the grounds and structures, including the Land Office and Veterans Memorial Fountain. Our 2018 Membership Drive begins and we sincerely hope that our efforts are recognized through renewals as well as new memberships. Donations towards "Keeping History Alive" benefit the next generation of citizens who learn about the past by visiting the Fort. Thank you to all who support the many activities we sponsor here!
The lights are up, the vendor chalets are decorated, and volunteers are as busy as elves preparing Fort Steuben Park and the Visitor Center for the 2017 Nutcracker Village and Advent Market to open this week in downtown Steubenville.
“We are just awaiting the arrival of the 150 stars of the show: the Nutcrackers,” exclaimed Jerry Barilla, president of Historic Fort Steuben and one of the founders of the event. “Nelson’s of Steubenville, the creators and fabricators of the nutcrackers, have produced 40 new characters who will join their 100 siblings as they line the walks in Fort Steuben Park on Tuesday, November 21.”
The unique creations will be arrayed under an archway of lights and surrounded by holiday décor including two large Christmas trees- a 32’ one at the fountain plaza and a 22’ one in Land Office Park.
“We can’t wait to see the expressions of wonder and joy on the faces of our visitors this year,” said Judy Bratten, Executive Director of Historic Fort Steuben and one of the organizers of the event. “We have had a wonderful outpouring of help, donations, and volunteers from businesses, organizations, and individuals who have seen the impact the Nutcracker Village has had on the community. Because of their support, we are able to make most of this event free to the public."
The Nutcracker Village will be based at Fort Steuben Park through the holiday season, until January 7. Check out the Nutcracker Village page for the complete schedule.