Monday, June 24, 2024

Our History Problem: It's Our Job to Fix it

 June 24, 2024

   If you love history like I do, we have a serious problem. Interest in American history has never been lower. Schools are afraid to even teach it and when they do it's mostly facts and dates. Or, worse—political concepts!

   How do we fix THAT?

Spur Cross Saguaro In Monsoon Cloudscape

   I am going to tell you exactly how to fix it, but first we need to go back in time for a little history lesson.

   In 1963 a skinny kid with big ears looked out the window of the New Building on the MCUHS campus in Kingman, Arizona and made a wish. His wish was that someone would come to his school and tell him how to be an artist. And, if someone would show up and do just that, the boy promised that if anyone asked, he would travel as far as he could to tell the secrets he had been taught.

   No one came.

 Twenty-five years ago on September 18, 1999 three crazy friends bought a dying magazine. We were going to reignite interest in the Old West. We were going to rebuild what had been lost when Joe Small launched his big idea.

"Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength."

—Sigmund Freud

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