“History is what makes a society. Without history, you don’t have a society.
How did all societies exist? Because someone recorded their history.”
“It provides a connection, a personal connection. The artifacts that we collect, people are more generally apt to connect with (human) examples.
We use artifacts for studying. There are examples of current conflicts where the terrain is such that they have to use pack animals, so that’s a technology that we haven’t used in a long time. They come back to us and we have examples from when we used it in the past. They study those to build a new saddle.”
“Preserving history gives us a backward roadmap to where we’ve been. It tells us what we’ve done wrong, what we’ve done right — things that have worked. In the museum field, we preserve objects, actual things that you can put your hands on.
A lot of times you study older things to learn how to do new things.
Culture is built upon the memory of our prior history.”
“We, as a society, should preserve history because our history connects us to each other and to our past. It connects us to those who have come before, and it provides us with a sense of direction for where we are going in the future. Our history provides us with our cultural identity.
For good or bad, our history has brought us to where we are today and provides us with a firm foundation from which to build into the future.”