I have been impressed at the way history is promoted at a couple of the local and state historical sites I visited in the last few days as part of my tour for Was America Founded as a Christian Nation: A Historical Introduction. At a time when the state is cutting funds to historical societies and sites, ordinary people who love history are stepping up to volunteer and support history-related programs. This is very encouraging.
On Tuesday night we had a wonderful turn-out at the Chadds Ford Historical Society. The Society has a dedicated group of area residents who frequent their Spring Lecture series. Thanks to Ginger Tucker and Dr. George Franz for inviting me.
This morning I spoke to the weekly history class at the Ephrata Cloister. There must have been fifty people who turned out for a Thursday morning history lecture! And after I finished a 90-minute presentation, signed books, and left, I understand that they returned for another 90 minutes! Thanks to Michael Showalter who invited me to Ephrata.
We hear a lot about budget cuts, but we don’t hear about the staffs, volunteers and patrons who keep places like Chadds Ford Historical Society and the Ephrata Cloister in business. Thanks!
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