From the desk of Dr. Brian Wills, Center Director:
There are many ways in which people have come to embrace a love of History. For some the interest and affection comes from proximity and location. For others it is the inspiration of a teacher, a good book, a documentary, or a feature film that ignites the spark or fans the flame. Whatever the source, the desire to understand the past and to come to grips with it is a critical element to our collective ability to put our world into a context or framework that helps us to make sense of who we are and how we have come to be where we are today.
History, even the parts of it that make us uncomfortable, is the glue that binds us and the essence that informs us. As a native Virginian, historical sites were part of my world on a regular basis and evidence of the nation’s past ranged from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello to our country’s equivalent of the great boulevards of Europe in the form of Richmond’s famed Monument Avenue. Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown ensured that the Colonial and Revolutionary Era stories held their rightfully significant place as well. And many more such elements have allowed the Commonwealth’s story to be told for generations.
Of course, every state has these treasures and summer vacations often include such cultural and historical icons, as well as the traditional amusement or entertainment venues, that we all travel to see and experience. But, for so many, there are other means for remembering and learning from the past and holding onto parts of it that persist even closer to home. We call these folks “collectors” and regardless of the nature of what they have chosen to acquire, these individuals are as powerful as anyone and anything in assuring that these pieces of History remain appreciated and maintained.
Collecting is a special passion and those involved are always ready to share the expertise they have gained and the items that have come to have special meaning to them. The Center for the Study of the Civil War Era at Kennesaw State University has recognized this type of activity with a series of collector’s showcases that continued on July 22, from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., at KSU’s Continuing Education Center and this year featured Beverly “Bo” DuBose and Gordon Jones of the Atlanta History Center. Those who attended had the unique opportunity to see these items closely that are normally contained behind glass in museums or held in private collections.
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Posted: July 25, 2017