Losing History

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What was the importance of the book titled, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”?

Who is Rocky Balboa?

What race horse ran the fastest Belmont Stakes?

The unflappable Teddy Roosevelt charged up ___ ____ Hill for what purpose?

Who wrote “The Sun Also Rises”?

Few members of the Great Generation remain, but if you are a Baby Boomer (1945-1965), you may be able to answer the above queries. And if you are a BB, how many of these questions can your children answer?

Are we relinquishing our own human history to the new world’s accomplished thumb jockeys, born of technology and tempered by tweets?

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Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

 

 

 

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Seventy-Five Years Old…

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This year, 2016, brings a birthday celebration to Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the state of South Dakota, USA. The monument is 75-years-old.

The biggest sculpture project in the lives of Gutzon and (son) Lincoln Borglum, the memorial consists of the faces of four American Presidents carved into the native rock of South Dakota’s Black Hills.

Finished in its last several years by Lincoln Borglum after the early death of his father, the memorial’s construction employed 400 plus men and took nearly 14 years to complete. The project  was twice stopped, refunded by interested and generous collaborators, and was the most consuming obsession of Gutzon Borglum, who began its work with huge vision, but very little financial support.

Borglum’s genius applied to the mammoth project allowed for an inch of rock erosion every 10,000 years. And with a draw of over three million visitors annually, the rock solid Presidents — George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln — should be around for a long time to come.

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