Steven D. Branting

Capturing Your Local History Without Getting Trapped Yourself

“History,” wrote Napoléon Bonaparte, “is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.” That viewpoint can get you into all kinds of trouble and perpetuate a lot of myths that have a ring of truth. American humorist Will Rogers quipped: “It’s not what you don’t know that hurts you; it’s what you do know that ain’t so.” This presentation explains how to preserve history without imagining it.