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Why Kids Need History

I am blessed with children who really like history, and they are happy to attend things like Pioneer Days or Threshing Shows with me.


It is important for kids to know history. It is important for kids to see history in action when they get the chance.

 It helps explain how we got to where we are today. It helps show we've made improvements...

 washing machine 

But in some ways we've really complicated things.

 gas station 

History teaches. And it is important that our kids are exposed to that.

 buggy wheel rug
 Because showing and teaching our kids history means a small bit of it stays alive. 

 The sign on this tractor says "1912 30-60 Pioneer. 1 of 12 existing." This tractor is 100 years old. Many of the people who first used this tractor are no longer alive.

Every day, we are losing people who can share bits of history with us. Who can tell us how things really were from their own memories instead of us having to read some version of it in a textbook. These are the people who can tell us how things worked, how things smelled, what happened when things went wrong.

 tractor tire 

 Get your kids involved with history. Share a bit of the past with the children in your life.

 Kids need to know history, before the resources who can really tell us about it are gone. :)

Note: All pictures taken at Albany Pioneer Days (Minnesota), September 2012

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laura mccammon
11/2/2012 9:34:55 PM

By the way, when my boys have asked. over the years, why I tell them historical facts and such, I tell them what I don't know who you are until you know where you came from. You can't go forward if you don't know what is behind you. History is very important to Humans as a race. We must not forget how important it is.

laura mccammon
11/2/2012 9:30:59 PM

My sons are grown now. They were raised in the same environment I was and all my cousins and sisters were. Mama and her family, seventeen of them in all, most raised during depression doing farmwork. Anyway, my mother will say "you do that just like Uncle James did." Or "everytime I hear you say that it reminds me of the time the slide with all us kids riding came loose from the horse." This is how my mama and her family teach us history. And I've found my self doing it too. I think it's a good thing. Teaching family history in everyday life in anecdotes, etc. I am thankful my mother taught me to do it and I hope my sons will carry it on.

nebraska dave
9/30/2012 1:29:18 PM

Amy, rural history is rich in inventive ways our ancestors did things. It amazes me how community muscle was the only way to get things accomplished. Raising barns and building houses were not done by contractors but built by communities. Your statement about how the machines that our ancestors built actually out lived them, brought a smile to my face. Even though they are archaic and would never be used for any real use today, it still a good thing to remember how our machines of today started. I actually got to participate in using the steel wheeled monsters of the past. It was an era that promoted community and it's a sad thing that it's been somewhat subdued with the rural living of today. I consider myself very fortunate to have a part of my life that has experienced the life of my ancestors. Have a great living history day.